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23 January 2018, 01:49 | Franklin Nunez
Across the country, many parks, which could be opened with relatively small staffs, did not close, even though updates to the National Parks Service site stopped.
Eisenhower National Historic Site will also be closed during the shutdown.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area: All park facilities (restrooms, visitor centers, etc.) are closed, while visitors will still have access to be in the recreation areas and use trails and fish on the area's waterway. "The visitors centers are closed in Wawona and the Valley, and all the services generally provided by the NPS are not available".
The partial government shutdown will not affect front-line staff in global and domestic aviation - air-traffic control, Customs & Border Protection and airport security in the United States - as these are classed as essential workers and therefore will continue to report for duty and be paid as normal.
With out-of-town travelers making up the bulk of visitors to the New River Gorge, some worry about what a long-term shutdown could do to the local economy.
The National Park Service will not be updating their website or social media platforms for the time being. Mulvaney accused the Obama administration of weaponizing the last shutdown.
"People driving up from Bangor will have no clue until they get here", she said.
Access to some Yosemite facilities could prove to be a problem in the event of snow, if park-operated snowplows are needed to clear roads. National parks will try to remain as accessible as possible while still following applicable laws, the release said.
MILITARY: The Defense Department says a shutdown would not affect the USA military's war in Afghanistan or its operations against Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria. Eilperin is The Washington Post's senior national affairs correspondent, covering how the new administration is transforming a range of US policies and the federal government itself.
A monument and museum dedicated to the victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, however, stayedopen. Government services considered nonessential were similarly shut down in October 2013, though park leaders took a different approach then: They closed everything as quickly as they could.
Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are closed.
"Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible", he said. Government-run operations and facilities will be closed as of Saturday morning. Others have partial services with limited staff as part of a plan worked out in recent days by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
"Closing off those areas is less practical than closing parks", said Albert Lin, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, in an article published by The Union Democrat on October 7, 2013. The American public and especially our veterans who come to our nation's capital are finding war memorials and open air parks open to the public.
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