DC is looking a lot different nowadays.
If you were to visit the Supreme Court, you would find yourself looking at a 7ft high fence that surrounds the entire perimeter.
The Supreme Court isn’t the only area that is all fenced up, Capitol Hill and the White House also have put up large fences after security has increased exponentially after the Capitol building was sieged.
Take a look at the fences yourself:
Newly erected security fencing surrounding the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/jY4czaiGJZ
— The Hill (@thehill) January 10, 2021
A high fence now surrounds the Supreme Court’s entire perimeter. pic.twitter.com/006cvqbMEP
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) January 10, 2021
Non-scalable fence erected around Capitol as more National Guard members arrive in DC https://t.co/6JogcvO4mF
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) January 8, 2021
It looks like the days of visiting the Supreme Court and walking up the steps are over.
NBC 6 News covered the story and had this to say:
Since the riot Wednesday, no matter the hour — in the darkness and in the daylight — the nation’s Capitol has been quickly turned into a place looking much like Fort Knox. Many federal buildings now sit behind metal barricades erected in the hours after the riot.
“We came by just to kind of see what was going on to see how it has transformed and I think it’s such a shame, and hopefully at some point, we will get our country back,” said Jenny Allison, who lives nearby in Arlington, Virginia.
Allison told us what’s transpired is painful. The high fences have gone up around not just around the Capitol. There’s no more just walking up the Supreme Court steps to peer into the highest court in the land.
The high fence around the White House now extends several blocks and there are high walls that prevent people from even seeing through. From the street, the Department of Treasury and the top of the White House can be seen in the distance with the flag at half staff to honor officer Brian Sicknick, who died after the riot. Police say he was struck with a fire extinguisher.
There’s also a notable amount of National Guard service members all around D.C. too:
All around Capitol Hill tonight are huddles of the National Guard in camouflage. Groups of half a dozen or so, perhaps every 50 meters, both inside + outside the Capitol fencing. Flags on congressional buildings at half-mast. pic.twitter.com/OawVeIXAYE
— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) January 9, 2021
Walked around #Capitol Hill at ~5PM (10 Jan). Saw many #soldiers, but all unarmed, no flak jacket, only 1 with radio. Look like if they were in admin office not Force Protection providing #security or capable to stop an aggressor. Very Concerning #capitolbreach #CapitolRiot #DC pic.twitter.com/pTij7zerzG
— R.A. Olivieri (@raolivieri) January 11, 2021
DC looks more like a warzone instead of our nation’s capital right now, they’ll definitely not be any field trips there anytime soon.