Washington State Capitol security fencing to be removed Tuesday

OLYMPIA, Wash — The fencing surrounding the West Capitol Campus is scheduled to be removed Tuesday morning, according to the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.

The order restricting access to certain areas of the campus has been in place since January, a news release said.

Chris Liu, the director for the DES, released a statement:

I’m pleased to announce that we’re removing the temporary construction fencing on West Campus. It was an important measure to protect free speech rights, the democratic process and government operations. We are hopeful that political temperatures will continue to cool and that threat levels or illegal activity will not necessitate such security measures again. However, there are still many unknowns as to how our security environment will continue evolve into the future. I want to emphasize that it is a priority for DES Capitol Security and Washington State Patrol to not only protect public safety, but to help ensure that all sides have the opportunity to legally exercise their free speech rights and peaceably assemble.”

DES Capitol Security and the Washington State Patrol will continue to monitor and adjust security and safety levels as the need arises, the release said. 

If access levels change rapidly due to an active incident, people will receive a message from the emergency alert system for Capitol Campus,

The public can sign up for text message alerts:

  • Text CAMPUSALERT to 888-777 to receive alerts on an ongoing basis.
  • Text CAMPUSGUEST to 888-777 to receive alerts for one week.