BOSTON — What is normal during the COVID-19 pandemic? Is it measured by six feet? Is it measured in whether a person wears a mask or not? In the number of times someone washes their hands?

At the State House, normalcy stems from the bare functions that lawmakers and staffers carry on to keep state government running. Meeting in small groups, the House and Senate continue to hold sessions and advance bills but the once-bustling halls on top of Beacon Hill remain quiet and deserted.

Save for a few souls walking the corridors, places like the fourth-floor cafe are silent and empty. Routines five weeks into the state of emergency revolve around daily COVID-19 press conferences and sessions, and anyone attending those leaves the building when they're over. News Service photographers have spent the past week documenting the new life on Beacon Hill. Please enjoy this selection of photographs. 

— Chris Van Buskirk