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National Parks, Museums May Close If Government Shuts Down

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Lawmakers are working around the clock to reach a deal to manage the federal budget. But it's not only Washington feeling the affects.

Here in our area some services will stop like National Parks and museums will not be staffed if an agreement cannot be made.

Blue Ridge Parkway Officials tell 7 On Your Side that the gates will close and park employees won’t be paid while they're off the job.

Visitors centers educational events and venues like the Pisgah Inn will also be shut down.

Businesses around the park may suffer too.

Hikers tell 7 On Your Side that they stay in hotels and eat at restaurants just outside of the parkway gates.

“When we're coming here we're going to go out and have dinner tonight in Asheville and it's bringing us from somewhere else to Asheville. We’re spending our night in here,” said hiker Della Rodgers.

Park officials said they will keep about 40 crucial employees working. Officials said the will also try to keep Mt. Mitchell State Park open to visitors.

That includes law enforcement and emergency personnel. That includes firefighters as well.

Here is a list of services what will be shut down.

• All national parks will be closed and secured.
• Visitor centers and other facilities will be closed.
• Education programs and special events will be canceled.
• Permits for special events will be rescinded.
• Guests staying in hotels and campgrounds will be notified of the closure and given 48 hours to make
alternate arrangements and leave the park.

The Department of the Interior also Provides a list of services that will continue.
• Law enforcement including the U.S. Park Police and emergency and disaster assistance.
• Firefighting and monitoring.
• Border and coastal protection and surveillance.
• Limited management of ongoing projects that are funded from non-lapsing appropriations.
• Access to through roads.

You can find out more about the National Parks closing and other services here

 Local Impact of a Government Shutdown

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