According to the Lansing State Journal, the Capitol has been very quiet since the coronavirus pandemic hit, that even the noise conscious staffers say they miss the sounds of children touring the historic halls of state government.

Wow, this takes me way back to grade school when I was in the 5th or 6th grade at North Elementary school in Lansing.

All I remember is getting on a school bus and heading to downtown Lansing to get a tour of the State Capitol. Of course at the time, we all thought it was the coolest thing in the world, especially not knowing if the governor of Michigan was there or not. It was definitely a field trip to remember, that's for sure. We never met the governor.

At least for now, in person tours at the Capitol have resumed. Of course it's not going to be like it was when you didn't have to worry about crowding into hallways and other areas to hear about the Capitol.

"In person tours are limited to 10 people. Visitation is slow, so Capitol tour guides have transitioned largely to guiding guests through the building with virtual, online tours." (LSJ)

Here's something to look forward to. The Capitol education team has made extra time to create more online programs, including many tour videos that show behind the scenes places normally off limits to tours. Places like the Capitol Dome and attic spaces above the House and Senate chambers.

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