COLUMBUS (WCMH) – All state-managed buildings Downtown will be closed several days next week, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday.
The governor said he’s preparing for potential protests Downtown. The following buildings are affected:
- Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High Street
- James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad Street
- 25 S. Front Street
- 246 N. High Street
- 35 E. Chestnut Street
- William Green Building, 30 W. Spring Street
These buildings will be closed from Sunday, Jan. 17 through Wednesday, Jan. 20. They will re-open on Thursday, 21.
In addition, the Franklin County Courthouse at 345 S. High St. will be closed to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday. In-person proceedings are canceled for those days, and grand jurors have been told not to report.
A news release from the Common Pleas Court cited inauguration-related protests and security risks as the reason. Virtual operations will be conducted as scheduled.