Update Oct 16, 2013: National Parks Reopen
Yosemite National Park is open again after being closed for the 16-day-long government shutdown. All roads, major highways, campgrounds and visitor centers opened to the public on the evening of Wed., Oct 16, 2013.
Update: National Parks Still Closed
The government shutdown has closed Yosemite National Park, in addition to its 401 other national park counterparts. Currently all non-essential employees, including those regulating campsites and the Wawona Hotel, have been been indefinitely furloughed until the government passes a new budget. Park law enforcement officers and utility crews will continue work as usual.
The closure also affects tourists from across the world whose vacations are cut short. It’s still unclear whether those who have made (and paid for) special tour reservations with be refunded.
"Bummer, bummer that our government can't get it together, enough, this is just a recreational thing it interferes with. I think about all the people who have much more serious situations," tourist Laura Clark-Moore told ABC Local.
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