BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — After more than 700 days being shuttered to the the public, the Massachusetts State House is set to reopen to the public again on Tuesday.
Only the press, lawmakers, and a few others have been allowed in the building since it closed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March 2020.
There are a few caveats on the reopening: everyone 5 years or older has to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result taken within 24 hours of visiting.
Masks are also required for all visitors.
The reopening comes after months of questions and criticism over the closure. The Massachusetts State House is the last in the entire continental United States to reopen according to the Boston Globe — Hawaii's legislature remains closed.
A group of protestors broke into the closed building, demanding that it be opened two weeks ago.
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