White House Sidewalk Permanently Closed To Public

A view of the White House through a surrounding fence

The man later identified as Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26, of Milpitas, California, scaled the south fence on March 10 and walked the grounds for about 16 minutes before being arrested, according to the agency.

It may become a bit more hard to snap a ideal selfie of yourself on the southern sidewalk near the White House.

In a statement, the Secret Service said the restriction is part of an "ongoing comprehensive review of temporary and permanent security measures at the White House complex".

The restricted area will include the sidewalks, roadways and parkland areas between the south fence line of the White House and E Street, Northwest, from West Executive Avenue to East Executive Avenue.

The new security rules went into effect at 11p.m. Wednesday April 19, and will stay in place for the immediate future. They've become a growing problem in recent years.in 2014 a man managed to get inside the White House before he was caught.

Secret Service Communications Director Cathy Milhoan told local radio station WTOP that the closure was not in response to any specific threat. She said vantage points for the throngs of tourists drawn to the location will be preserved. "It's still there. It's just going to be pushed back a little further".

Officials said blocking-off the pavement will not obstruct the public's ability to view or photograph the White House and its grounds and said no additional "physical" barriers would be installed.

On the map below, the upper arc represents the old fence line; the lower arc represents the new boundary for the public. Her successor, Joseph Clancy, retired last month after being lauded for restoring stability to the service, while guiding the agency through an unusually demanding period, stretching from the US visit of Pope Francis, the raucous campaign season and the Trump inauguration.

President Donald Trump was there at the time, but the intruder did not make it into the White House building.

"From a security standpoint, it can be seen as a vulnerable area, " Milhoan said.

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