White House announces socially distanced fall garden tours

The White House is opening its grounds for its annual fall garden tours amid the coronavirus pandemic, giving socially distanced visitors a first look at the Rose Garden’s recent makeover.

The free tours will be held on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, the White House announced on Wednesday.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to discover firsthand the beauty of the South Lawn, First Ladies Garden, White House Kitchen Garden, and the newly renovated Rose Garden,” a statement said.

The Rose Garden got its new look in August. The White House hasn’t disclosed how much the refresh cost, but has said the funds were obtained by private donations.

The National Park Service oversees the care and upkeep of the White House’s outdoor spaces.

All guests over the age of 2 will be required to wear face masks and to practice social distancing while touring the White House grounds, guidance about the October event stated.

The National Park Service is poised to distribute free, timed tickets for the fall tours on a first-come, first-served basis at the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue during each of the event’s dates.

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