National Parks to remain partially open during government shutdown

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"Any entry onto NPS and USFS property during this period of a federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk", the conservancy said in a statement issued Saturday.

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All the visitor centers are closed down and there will be no facilities maintenance, trash collection, or open restrooms so long as the shutdown remains in effect. "Congress better get its act together".

Kari Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, said Saturday the center is affiliated with the National Park Service but is owned and operated by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation. Workers deemed essential, including those dealing with public safety and national security, keep working. The park website and social media are now not being maintained. Last week, with a shutdown looming, EPA Chief Administrator Scott Pruitt sent a memo to his employees informing them that the agency "has sufficient resources to remain open for a limited amount of time" and instructing them to follow their normal work schedule for the week of January 22 in the event of a government shutdown.

"There's a little different philosophy on the shutdown from the Obama administration, which was, 'We're going to try to inflict pain on the American people, '" Daines said.

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said, "Visitors will be able to access Grand Teton National Park, but should plan ahead and use caution as park staff will not be available to provide guidance or assistance".

"The National Park Service's mission shouldn't be held together by duct tape and bailing wire in order to lessen the public's blowback on the party that controls Congress and the White House", she said in an email. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, still apply. "Additionally, many of our national parks, refuges, and other public lands will still try to allow limited access wherever possible".

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In Wyoming, the federal government shutdown will impact national parks, national recreation areas and natural historic sites, particularly when it comes to access, services, emergency personnel and ranger-led tours.

HEALTHCARE: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will continue to process applications for open enrollment, and the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled is expected to continue functioning largely without disruption, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The USS Constitution, the 220-year-old warship anchored at Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, was open, but Boston's Bunker Hill Monument was closed.

Roads, trails, the Schuylkill River Trail, grounds and parking areas will remain open to the public.

In New York, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were completely closed.

Saturday's service interruptions are the second that the National Park Service has endured this decade.



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