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House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano, and Senate President Martin Looney (christine stuart / ctnewsjunkie)

HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders said out of an abundance of caution related to the coronavirus they are closing the Legislative Office Building, state Capitol, and Old State House “immediately” to all non-legislative business, tours, events, and gatherings.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said the public hearings scheduled for Tuesday will go on as planned, and they will hold a session to vote on the bond package on Wednesday, March 11, but they will close the building to staff and the public Thursday and Friday.

Aresimowicz said the building will be closed on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for an “extensive cleaning.”

He said legislative leaders will continue to remain in contact and reassess the situation.

Connecticut has two confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to state officials.

Aresimowicz said they would extend the “joint favorable deadlines” for legislation by two days to give committees time to finish their work. He said they will continue extending it longer, if the building has to remain closed.

The legislative session is constitutionally mandated to end on May 6.

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Posted by CTNewsJunkie on Monday, March 9, 2020