Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

A view of the White House through a surrounding fence

The agency says restrictions will help officers respond to potential hazards, including fence jumpers.

The changes went into effect 11 p.m. Wednesday and prevent the public from accessing the sometimes-crowded sidewalk, roadways and grounds between the south fence and E Street NW, ABC News reported.

"The Secret Service must continually evaluate security protocols and continually balance the security of our protected persons and facilities with the public's ability to access them", Secret Service Communications Director Cathy Milhoan said.

Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan said authorities also considered the implications of imposing further restrictions on public access to the immediate area of the White House.

The Secret Service, in a statement detailing these plans, said these new restrictions would not keep the public from being able to see the White House, and added that similar restrictions have already been in place overnight, from 11 6 a.m., since 2015. No additional physical barriers will be installed.

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.

A week later the bike racks were breached in another incident, though the intruder did not make it to the actual White House fence. Not just tourists even the American public has gradually been distanced from the White House over the years. Contracts for the construction of a taller and more fortified perimeter fence, largely prompted by the 2014 breach, are expected to be awarded later this year.

The stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue remains closed to drivers.

In the most notable occurrence under President Donald Trump's administration, Jonathan Tuan Tran jumped several fences and remained on the White House grounds for about 15 minutes before being arrested. He never entered the White House, the Secret Service said.

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