Weddings, other public events to be halted at Oklahoma Capitol

Oklahoma flags blowing in the wind at Capitol

Oklahoma flags blowing in the wind at Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – State officials in charge of a $245 million renovation of the Oklahoma Capitol are warning tenants and visitors of major changes, including an end to reserving public space in the building through 2022.

Office of Management and Enterprise Services spokesman John Estus said Monday that reservations for most public spaces inside the building will be suspended for safety purposes beginning in 2017. That includes reserving space for weddings and receptions and other events in the building rotundas or hallways.

Estus says building officials likely will work to accommodate groups organizing protests on the Capitol’s south plaza. He says the decision had to be made because the building is now a full-time construction zone.

Building officials also are planning to shut down one of the building’s four elevators until 2018.