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The White House’s Southern Sidewalk Has Been Closed Due to Security Concerns

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Bad news if you’ve been planning a trip to Washington, D.C.: You will have to take in the beauty of the White House from a few feet further away than before.

That’s because according to Reuters, the Secret Service has completely closed access to the southern sidewalk. For the past two years, the sidewalk had been unavailable only overnight from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. As you can probably guess, this is to “lessen the possibility of individuals illegally accessing the White House grounds” after a man scaled the east fence and ended up on the White House grounds for 16 minutes in March.

Here’s the full statement from Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan:

Restricting public access to the fence line will not only serve to lessen the possibility of individuals illegally accessing the White House grounds, but will also create a clear visual break to enable Secret Service officers to identify and respond to potential hazards including individuals attempting to scale the fence.

The sidewalk closure is the latest in a series of increased security measures, which also include the 2015 installation of spikes atop the White House fence.

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