The Architect of the Capitol says the Rotunda has been closed after a small piece of protective padding between the scaffolding and the Rotunda walls fell off on Thursday.

“The Capitol Rotunda is temporarily closed and will be reopened as soon as possible,” Architect of the Capitol spokesman Justin Kieffer said in an e-mail.

“The closure is out of an abundance of caution to allow inspections to the protective canopy in the Rotunda,” he wrote.