WASHINGTON — The late Rep. John Lewis will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol next week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday.
Lewis, a civil rights icon and longtime member of Congress, died last Friday at the age of 80 after a monthslong battle with cancer.
An invitation-only ceremony will be held on Monday afternoon while Lewis lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda, and the general public will be allowed to visit the Capitol and pay their respects later Monday and on Tuesday.
Lewis will lie in state outdoors for the public visitation on the East Front Steps of the Capitol because of COVID-19 precautions.
In accordance with Washington’s mask mandate, all visitors will be required to wear a mask, and social-distancing protocols will be enforced.
The Capitol is still closed to public tours because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and lawmakers have been asked to follow social distancing protocols inside the building.
Lewis’ family asked that people not travel from across the country to Washington, D.C., because of the pandemic, and instead asked for virtual tributes online with the hashtags #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity.
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