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.READ MORE: Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer, SUV Closes Route 130 North In Burlington County
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.”READ MORE: Montgomery County DA Asks Supreme Court To Review Bill Cosby's Overturned Conviction
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.MORE NEWS: Curry, Harris Help Sixers Hold Off 4-Win Magic 101-96