West Virginia Capitol safety measures won’t change for protests
CHARLESTON — A state agency on Wednesday re-affirmed safety and security rules will remain in effect at the West Virginia Capitol Complex where large crowds are expected.
Teachers, school service personnel and other public employees are expected at the Capitol today and Friday, the two days of a work stoppage to protest raises and insurance benefits for school personnel.
The main Capitol’s Directed Public Access Points, located at the wheelchair-accessible entrances to the East and West Wings, will open at 7:45 a.m. today and Friday, according to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, of which the Capitol Police is part.
The Capitol’s other entrances require electronic access cards. Card holders should use these other entrances to aid the flow of visitors at the public access points. Allowing non-cardholders into the Capitol with an access card is prohibited, as is propping open doors.
Visitors can aid their entry into the Capitol by arriving early and ensuring they do not possess any prohibited items. These items include sticks, including those affixed to signs, dangerous weapons, Cap-Stun or pepper spray, other items and materials that to Capitol Police appear to pose a risk to people or property, and animals.
Prohibited items will not be stored, confiscated or otherwise disposed of by access point personnel. Any visitor who refuses to submit to a screening will be denied access to the Capitol.
Backpacks, coolers and bags brought on to the campus are subject to search.