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National Guard & DC police ordered to block off access to Tidal Basin, according to Mayor Bowser

According to Mayor Muriel Bowser, the National Guard and D.C. police will be blocking off access to Tidal Basin and the National Mall until further notice.

Mayor Bowser directed the Metropolitan Police Department to work with D.C. National Guard to enforce restricted access zones around Tidal Basin to ensure social distancing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will also be restricted surrounding the National Mall.

People will not be able to enter the Jefferson Memorial or the National Mall in the area bounded by 14th Street to 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue, SW.

In coordination with the National Park Service, officials will continue street closures between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • The Memorial Bridge
  • Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • Potomac River Freeway (all exits to Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue)
  • Rock Creek Parkway/Potomac Parkway Drive between Virginia Avenue and Independence Avenue, SW (to include Ohio Drive, SW)
  • Independence Avenue between Ohio Drive and 14th Street, SW
  • 23rd Street between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • Henry Bacon Drive between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • 17th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • 15th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • Maine Avenue between Independence and 12th Street, SW
  • All vehicular exits to East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park

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