Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

21 April, 2017, 02:57 | Author: Eloise Marshall
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Under the plan outlined Wednesday by agency officials, the sidewalk bordering the South Lawn will be permanently closed to tourists at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, USA Today reported.

"We continually evaluate our security protocols while still balancing the security of our protected persons and facilities with the public's ability to access them", she said.

The closure will "lessen the possibility of individuals illegally accessing the White House grounds", Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said.

The Secret Service said President Trump was in White House at the time.

The sidewalk had been closed nightly from 11 p.m.to 6 a.m. since 2015, but will now be off-limits around the clock, the Secret Service said in a statement.

The new restriction won't require building any new physical barriers, Milhoan said.

Washington, D.C.'s residents and visitors will no longer be able to stroll along the sidewalk on the south side of the White House, the U.S. Secret Service announced.

In 2014, an armed intruder climbed the north fence of the Obama White House, got inside and all the way to the East Room before security tackled him. He later praised the way Secret Service handled the incident.

FILE - In this October 3, 2014 file photo, two women lean against a temporary barrier along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington. Not just tourists even the American public has gradually been distanced from the White House over the years.

The goal is to create a buffer zone like the one at Pennsylvania Avenue.

The decision to close the sidewalk comes after an incident in March where a man scaled a fence and was on White House property for 16 minutes before being detained, among other recent incidents. In either case, the White House is becoming a little more distant from the people.

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