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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Health | By Constance Griffith

Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

Secret Service says it has permanently restricted public access to a sidewalk and adjoining areas south of the White House to make it more hard for people to jump the fence in the latest attempt by the agency to tighten security and deter potential intruders.

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 United States' Secret Service announced that the sidewalk along the south fence of the White House will permanently be closed to public access, starting Wednesday evening.

A uniformed Secret Service agent walks in front of a patrol vehicle September 24, 2014, as tourists view the White House from a second security fence.

The new restrictions were put in place in 2015 for overnight hours, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The blocking of the sidewalk will not obstruct the public's ability to view the White House and no additional "physical" barriers will be installed, according to the Reuters report.

Tourists who wish to take photos of the White House from the south will now have to stand 25 yards further away than usual, across E Street by the Ellipse.

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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.

Access to the White House grounds is tightly secured.

Last week, CBS News' Andres Triay confirmed that two uniform division officers were fired in relation to the March 10 incident.

No more chilling on the sidewalk outside Trump's house, the Secret Service says.

The goal is to create a buffer zone like the one at Pennsylvania Avenue. He never entered the White House, the Secret Service said.

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.

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