DPS closes Texas State Capitol, Capitol Grounds through Inauguration Day

Texas State Capitol
Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 18:20:06-05

AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will close the Texas State Capitol and Capitol Grounds through Inauguration Day "out of an abundance of caution."

The closure will take effect Saturday, January 16 and run through Wednesday, January 20.

“The Texas Department of Public Safety is aware of armed protests planned at the Texas State Capitol this week and violent extremists who may seek to exploit constitutionally protected events to conduct criminal acts,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “As a result, DPS has deployed additional personnel and resources to the Capitol and are working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Austin Police Department to monitor events and enforce the rule of law.”

The agency is asking anyone sees suspicious activity, whether it be on the internet or in the public, to immediately report it here.