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Federal Government’s shutdown and the implications on Tourism
updated 6:38 AM EDT, Mon October 5, 2013
The federal government’s shutdown that began on October 1st morning sent thousands of non-essential New York-based federal employees home. All national parks and facilities are closed, including the Statue of Liberty in New York. Ellis Island, another federally operated park, has been closed for repairs since Sandy.
Federal Hall, Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace – a restored brownstone museum and National Historic Site, on East 20th Street – and the National Museum of the American Indian – which is part of the Smithsonian Institute – are also closed.
Tourists will still be able to take privately run cruises near the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.