Saturday, 19 Jan 2019

President George H. W. Bush will be in state on Capitol Hill. Here's what you need to know.

The American flag floats on a half-baton in front of the United States Capitol in tribute to the old. President George H. W. Bush Sunday. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) People who want to pay their respects when President HW Bush is in state at the US Capitol Rotunda could start queuing Monday afternoon until the opening of the Capitol to the public at 7:30 pm, the US police said. All visitors will enter through the Capitol Visitor Center. Lines will form on 1st Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues and on 2nd Street between East Capitol Street and Independence Avenue SE, police said. Anyone with congressional powers can enter the Capitol from 7 am on Monday. Street closures will come into effect at 8 pm Sunday and last until about noon Wednesday, police announced. They include East Capitol Street from 2nd Street to 1st Street and 1st Street from Constitution Avenue NE to Independence Avenue SE. Other streets in the Capitol District could also be closed if necessary, police said. Police have asked visitors to bring as few items as possible to speed up security screening. The bags should measure less than 18 inches wide, 14 inches tall and 8.5 inches deep. Prohibited items include weapons, explosives, mace or pepper spray, aerosols, flowers and sealed envelopes or packages. Cell phones are allowed, but they and other electronic devices must be turned off inside the Capitol. Photography and electronic recording will not be allowed while visitors are in the Rotunda. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony of the Capitol, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to 17:00. Thursday. .

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