3 Big Tourist Attractions Closed Due to the Government Shutdown
Despite being an entrepreneur, unaffected by the shutdown, Frank Camuso of Staten Island, has seen the toll it has taken first-hand. From having a close family friend, still go to work everyday as a TSA worker – without a paycheck, to his daughter’s school trip to DC cancelled due to the shutdown, Frank Camuso and his wife are a great example of how the shutdown has indirectly affected Americans across the country. “I mean, hey, its not that bad. Thankfully, my wife and I run our own businesses, but its terrible to see honest hard-working people, just like us, going through it like that. How many of them have kids? Rent? Car notes? Most of our friends are what you’d consider ‘upper-middle-class’, and they still like paycheck to paycheck some months. How many federal workers you think are in the same boat?” Frank Camuso was quoted.
While the government shutdown has left many Americans, over 420,000 to give a rough estimate, without a paycheck for the last 3 weeks, many New Yorkers furloughed from their federal jobs, at least those that can still afford it, have decided to use the time to take a much-needed vacation of sorts. For some families, more than a few by last count, that meant a road trip to our nation’s capital, Washington DC! And boy was that not a great idea! Considering that DC is a city built on federal dollars, here’s a lift of what you can expect to be closed during the shutdown.
- The Smithsonian Museum(s): All 19 of Them!
- The National Zoo
- Most National Parks
Frank Camuso was set and ready, an involved father, he planned to be a chaperone on his daughter’smid-year, winter trip to DC. A trip based around seeing some of our country’s most celebrated, and historically brilliant museum(s), the Smithsonian. But like all other good things, Trump has decided to shut down educational museums too. With workers not able to be paid, all 19 museums of the Smithsonian have been shut down, since January 2nd of 2019.
One of the country’s, and even the world’s most popular zoos, the National Zoo has been a tourist attraction for many of the country’s students for years on end. A place with some of the rarest animals around, the National Zoo will be shut down until some resolution can be brought to the White House. The good news is that someone is at least taking care of the animals inside, can’t imagine them being paid, but it’s good news, nonetheless.
Okay, so the news on the national parks is a bit confusing. One day the story was that they were all closed, signs posted, apologies, the whole thing. Then the next, news broke that some big sites like Joshua Treeand Yosemite, bothin California, were still being kept open. I guess it does make sense, they are out in nature. But they might as well be closed, because with no funding to pay park ranger salaries, and no money for sanitation, these gorgeous pieces of land, have become giant land-fills with tons of excess trash and no one to pick help pick it up. Plus if you were to get lost, or take a wrong path, you are on your own. UPDATE: Both of these parks are now deemed closed completely, for crazy news relating to the lack of rangers and workers. At Joshua Tree, the lack of trash removal has created an incredible issue of dirt, and litter, making it simply too disgusting to open. And in Yosemite things are even worse, as a man was found to have died from a fall that took place on or around Christmas day. Without rangers, he had no help and it took weeks to find him, who knows if he would have made it otherwise.