Parts of Lafayette Park are expected to reopen Wednesday, one week after fencing went up around the White House ahead of expected protests.
The following ares will reopen, according to a US Park Police statement:
- The Ellipse and its side panels, roadways and sidewalks
- E Street and its sidewalks between 15th and 17th streets
- First Division Monument and State Place
- Sherman Park and Hamilton Place
The statement also said that some areas of Lafayette Park will remain closed “to allow the park to address damages and safety hazards.”
It remains unclear if the fencing perimeter built around the White House will come down in full or in part.
US Secret Service told CNN last week that the park would remain closed until Wednesday, citing “necessary security measures.”
“The U.S. Secret Service, in coordination with the U.S. Park Police, is announcing the closure of the areas in and around the White House complex. These closures are in an effort to maintain the necessary security measures surrounding the White House complex, while also allowing for peaceful demonstration. Security fencing has been erected and the areas are clearly marked,” a US Secret Service spokesperson said in a statement.
Protesters have turned the the newly constructed White House fence into a living memorial to racial justice, affixing the signs they've carried during demonstrations to the temporary fence.