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Government Says Mall and Monuments Will Be Open During a Shutdown, Sort Of - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jan 16,2018
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

A barricaded National World War II Memorial was a lingering image during the October 2013 government shutdown. Photograph by Flickr user Nick Prete.

Source Washingtonian


WASHINGTON, DC. - The National Park Service says that even if the federal government shuts down Friday night, its facilities, including the National Mall and surrounding monuments, will remain accessible to the public. Just don’t expect a whole lot of help from people in ranger hats, information from the visitors’ centers, or relief at the restrooms.

“In the event of a shutdown, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures,” Park Service spokesman Jeremy Barnum says.

The agency’s shutdown contingency plan, revised and published Friday afternoon, states that while parks, open-air memorials, the rest of its 417 sites around the country will remain open to visitors, but that nearly all the services its staff provide will be curtailed. “Parks must notify visitors that the NPS will cease providing visitor services, including restrooms, trash collection, facilities and roads maintenance (including plowing), campground reservation and check-in/check-out services, backcountry and other permits, and public information,” the memo reads.

Source Washingtonian

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