U.S. Government Shutdown: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Airport security checkpoints will remain open.

By Anna Breuer on 20 January 2018
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Today, Saturday, is the first day of the U.S. government shutdown, an action that came after a failure to pass relevant legislation funding government operations and agencies.

This shutdown, however, should be a little more friendly to tourists than the prior shutdown in 2013 thanks to numerous exemptions that were put into place after that took place.

While most federal agencies are closed on the weekend, most national parks will remain open, although there won’t be any trash collection (visitors, please take any trash with you!) and restrooms and visitors centers will be closed while privately operated concessions will remain open. One exception: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are closed until further notice.

The Transportation Security Administration will continue to operate security checkpoints at the nation’s airports that screen bags and passengers.

In Washington, the Smithsonian museum is expected to stay open at least through the weekend but it will close next week if the shutdown doesn’t come to an end.

Meanwhile, the United States Postal Service remains open and continues to deliver mail, and Amtrak, the nation’s rail service, as well as healthcare programs such as Medicare and Medicaid will continue operations.

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