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Government shutdown 101: 12 ways it could affect you

With Congress failing to fund the federal government by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year, the government has gone into partial shutdown. Here is a list of what's open, and what isn't, during the shutdown.

- Staff writer

Yellowstone National Park (and all other national parks) are closed during the government shutdown. ( Elizabeth Quall/National Park Service/AP/File)

4. What about my vacation to Yellowstone National Park?

Sorry, all the national parks are closed during the shutdown. So are all the attractions that are part of the federally funded Smithsonian Institution, including the National Zoo. That might mean no peek at the new baby panda, but she’s not scheduled for her public debut for about two more months (and most hope that the shutdown would be over by then).

During the last government shutdown, two periods that totaled 26 days in late 1995 and early 1996, the closure of 368 National Park Service sites meant a loss of 7 million visitors, as well as a loss of tourism dollars to local communities, the CRS reports. Closure of national museums and monuments meant a loss of 2 million visitors.


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