Scott Announces Temporary Operating Procedures for Washington, D.C. and Newport News Offices

March 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As communities across the country respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) has announced temporary changes to the operating procedures for his offices in Washington, D.C. and Newport News to ensure the safety of his staff and the public.

“My staff and I remain ready and able to serve Virginia’s Third Congressional District, and we will continue to do so,” said Congressman Scott. “To do so effectively during this public health emergency, my office will implement continuity of operations procedures, consistent with guidance from public health and safety officials, as well as directives from the House Sergeant at Arms and the Attending Physician of Congress. My Washington, D.C. and Newport News Offices will be closed to visitors for the time being and my staff will continue to work full-time on behalf of our constituents from remote locations. I am honored to represent and to serve the people of Virginia’s Third Congressional District, and my staff and I are ready to work through this crisis to help in every way possible.”

Congressman Scott’s office will continue to:

  • Receive and respond to telephone calls.  If you need to speak to a member of my team, you can call my Washington office at 202-225-8351 or my Newport News office at 757-380-1000.
  • Provide casework assistance.  Constituents needing assistance accessing and navigating Federal government services can continue to contact my office via telephone or online. More information on casework services provided by my office can be found here.
  • Answer correspondence.  The best way to contact me for assistance or to weigh in on issues pending before Congress is by sending me an email.  You can also keep in touch with me and my office via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Provide important public health information and actions by Congress to address the Coronavirus pandemic.  My congressional website has important links and other public health information regarding the Federal response to the Coronavirus.  My website is updated regularly. 

Visiting Washington, D.C.

Constituents planning to visit Washington, D.C. in the next few weeks should know that this public health emergency may impact access to many popular tourist attractions.  On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the House Sergeant at Arms announced that access to the U.S. Capitol Building will be limited until April 1, 2020 to protect the health and safety of Members of Congress, staff, and visitors.  The Capitol Visitor Center has temporarily suspended all public tours of the Capitol until April 1, 2020.  The White House is also closed to tours.  As a result, my office will not be able to conduct Capitol tours or coordinate requests for White House tours until further notice.

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