JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — “Have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus in the last three weeks?”
Before visitors could enter the Capitol Tuesday, as lawmakers convened to debate the supplemental budget, they had to go through a squad of registered nurses who took temperatures and asked a series of questions. Visitors were also given masks to wear if they so chose.
Once inside the Capitol, chains corralled individuals toward either the hearing room where the Senate Appropriations Committee met Tuesday afternoon or up the stairs to the fourth floor gallery.
While the Senate convened at 11 a.m., the nurses said only a few people had come through the entrance — and most were reporters — by noon.
See below for a slideshow of changes around the Capitol this week.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For up-to-date information on coronavirus, check with the CDC and DHSS.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn was the editor in chief of The Missouri Times from 2020-2022. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S., including the 2016 presidential election, and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East.
She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is also an alumna of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.
Contact Kaitlyn at email@example.com.