With the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak, no one should be going to the Tidal Basin.
Park officials say they removed a broken cherry blossom tree from D.C.’s Tidal Basin after someone tried to climb it.
While we’re all focused in #SocialDistancing, let’s not forgot the First Rule of Peak Bloom – do not climb the trees!! The trunk of this Yoshino cherry broke under the weight climbers today. It cannot be saved and will be removed tonight. #ProtectTheBlossoms pic.twitter.com/j4XX4ECT5b
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) March 20, 2020
The warm weather this spring has led to an early peak bloom for D.C.’s cherry blossoms.
Despite warnings from public officials, people are still checking out the cherry blossoms in person.
As if the threat of the global pandemic was not enough, now plantlife might be endangered by big crowds on the National Mall.
On Saturday, the National Park Service tweeted that they would increase parking restrictions around the mall to deter excessively.
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) March 21, 2020