Texas Capitol COVID-19 Protocols

Building Access

  • Public access to the Capitol Building and Capitol Extension is available only through the north entrance of the Capitol Building (15th Street side).
  • Public access to the John H. Reagan Building is available only through the east entrance.
  • All individuals entering these buildings are required to wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth and complies with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Free COVID-19 testing is available just outside the north entrance to the Capitol Building. No personal data is collected at the testing site.
  • Testing is not required to enter these buildings, HOWEVER, many legislators require a negative test result before entering their offices and the Senate requires a negative test result for access to Committee Hearing rooms.

Health and Safety Protocols

Individuals entering these buildings:

  • Must wear a face mask that complies with CDC recommendations at all times in public areas of these buildings, including committee hearing rooms. A witness may temporarily remove his or her face mask only while speaking from a microphone on the witness podium.
  • Are strongly encouraged to:
    o Practice social distancing from other individuals.
    o Wash and sanitize hands often. Hand sanitizer stations are available at the entrance to each hearing room and other locations throughout these buildings.
    o Self-screen for the following signs or symptoms of COVID-19 before entering the building and stay home when sick:
    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    Repeated shaking with chills
    Muscle pain
    Sore throat
    Loss of taste or smell
    Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
    Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19.