Tidal Basin roads, trails reopened Monday

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All athletic fields, restrooms and some parking areas in the area, as well as souvenir stalls and food and beverage stands, remain closed.

Road closures around the National Mall meant to deter crowds have been lifted as peak cherry blossom season comes to an end.

The closures ended Monday, National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst told WTOP. Visitors can now access trails on the National Mall and the three monuments lining the Tidal Basin – the Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorials, WTOP reported Tuesday.

District officials canceled all cherry blossom festivities in mid-March to support efforts to slow the spread of the pandemic. But as crowds continued to gather, D.C. police announced the road closures about two weeks ago.

All athletic fields, restrooms and some parking areas in the area are still closed. Souvenir stalls and food and beverage stands will also remain closed.

Road restrictions remain on Ohio Drive Southwest – parking and stopping are not permitted on the road between 23rd St. SW and Inlet Bridge. Ohio Drive Southwest between East Potomac Golf Course and Hains Point remains closed, WTOP reported.

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