Secret Service blocks access to White House's south fence after recent intruder

A view of the White House through a surrounding fence

The changes, which were first reported by USA Today, go into effect Wednesday at 11 p.m. Members of the public will not be allowed to access the sidewalks, roadways and other area between the southern fence line and E Street NW between West Executive Avenue and East Executive Avenue.

Secret Service Communications Director Cathy Milhoan told WTOP that the move wasn't in response to any specific incident, but "we continually evaluate our security protocols while still balancing the security of our protected persons and facilities with the public's ability to access them".

Currently, the sidewalk is closed from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. It's still unclear how he was able to get so close to the White House after jumping the fence and why he was wandering the grounds. Last week, the administration announced that it would no longer release visitor logs from the White House, Trump Tower, or the president's Mar-a-Lago resort-prompting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the watchdog group Public Citizen to question what Trump was trying to hide. The Secret Service just put new restrictions in place to keep people further back.

The Pennsylvania Avenue barrier was created after a 2014 incident, during which an Iraq War veteran jumped the fence surrounding the North Lawn and entered the front door of the White House.

The closure comes after several people, as recent as Sunday, tried or succeeded in hopping over bike rack-style barricades and the actual fence in attempts to get to the White House.

There's a plan for a significantly taller fence with "pencil point" anti-climb fixtures, but construction isn't slated to start until next year.

The new area of security focus, the south grounds of the White House complex, is on the side nearest the Washington Monument and draws large crowds on the bordering sidewalks, especially on occasions when the president arrives or departs on Marine One.

The sidewalk is popular among tourists because of the iconic view of the White House.

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