The Secret Service has outlined a new plan to create an additional buffer zone as part of an evolving strategy to better mitigate potential threats.
Effective 11:00 pm last Wednesday, April 19th, the legendary sidewalk that borders the south lawn closed permanently to the public. Spokeswoman for the Secret Service, Catherine Milhoan said “this is not going to impede the public’s ability to take the iconic photo…”
These increased measures are intended to allow officers additional time to react to the threat of intrusion and penetration of the White House grounds. There have been over 100 attempts to intrude over the last three years.
Further construction of a taller, more fortified perimeter fence is planned in the near future.