Governor DeWine closes state-managed buildings for a week



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.

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