Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced on Friday that the state government complex will be closed to the public Tuesday and Wednesday in light of recent national events, threats to other state capitols, and COVID-19 restrictions.
The governor stated that this action is being taken "out of an abundance of caution".
There have been no credible threats against the Statehouse reported.
“The safety and security of our state employees and the Hoosiers who use our state services are always top of mind,” Gov. Holcomb said. “After an evaluation with public safety leaders, we have decided to err on the side of caution and close the state government complex to the public. Hoosiers will still be able to access essential state services online, on the phone, or in-person at branches around the state.”
Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray and House Speaker Todd Huston have canceled legislative activity for the week of January 18th. Bray and Huston said no committee or session meetings will be held next week, and staff will work remotely until instructed to return to the building.
“This decision was made out of caution and in the best interest of everyone involved in the legislative process,” Huston said. “Public gatherings are a critical component of our democracy, and I pray that any demonstrations are peaceful and respectful of the incredible privilege we all have as Americans to make our voices heard.”
As previously scheduled, the Statehouse will be closed for the weekend and on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.