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Threatened Government Shutdown Would Close Liberty Bell, Independence Hall

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If the federal government does shut down on Friday (see related story), some of Philadelphia’s top tourist attractions on Independence Mall will be closed to the public.

The Independence Visitors Center and the National Constitution Center would remain open even if the federal government stops operating, but the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall would be closed.

Independence National Park spokeswoman Jane Cowley read from a prepared statement that says the National Park Service still believes that Congress can find a way to avoid a shutdown.  But if not, “In the event of a government shutdown, the National Park Service will close and secure park facilities.”

The statement says security and law enforcement will operate but that public activities in the park that require a permit will not be allowed.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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