Capitol, symbol of democracy, off-limits on Independence Day

This June 30, 2021, photo shows the halls of the Capitol outside the Senate in Washington. The U.S. Capitol is still closed to most public visitors. It’s the longest stretch ever that the building has been off-limits in its 200-plus year history. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — As it has been for nearly 16 months, longer than any time in the nation’s history, the U.S. Capitol is closed to most public visitors.