Secret Service closes popular sidewalk outside White House


It may become a bit more difficult to clicked a excellent selfie of yourself on the southern sidewalk near the White House.

The U.S. Secret Service said it is ending public access to the sidewalk along the south barrier of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Reuters reported.

The decision to close the sidewalk gives after an incident in March where a soldier scaled a barrier and was on White House property for 16 times before being detained, amongst other recent incidents.

Currently, the sidewalk is shut from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.

The goal of the close will minimize the possibility of individuals illegally retrieving the White House soils and create a clear visual flout to enable Secret Service officers to identify and respond to potential hazards including individuals attempting to scale the barrier, Cathy Milhoan, a Secret Service spokesman, said in a statement to media outlets.

The blocking of the sidewalk will not thwart the publics ability to goal the White House and no added physical hindrances will be installed, in agreement with the Reuters report.

So, “if youre trying to” get that selfie, you can try taking it across E Street by the Ellipsejust a bit farther than would have been possible under the old-time rules.

The U.S. Secret Service has same restrictions on the north barrier at the White House, relevant agencies told Reuters.

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