January 23, 2018

NPS Facilities Reopen After Government Shutdown Ends

The federal government shutdown ended on Monday night with the passing of a bill that reinstated federal funds until February 8.

Due to the lifting of the shutdown, all park facilities have reopened to the public, and online services such as ORV permit purchases and campground reservations are available again as well.

January 22, 2018

Government Shutdown: What’s Open, and What’s Not

The federal government shutdown on Saturday morning at 12 a.m. resulted in closures of all Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitors’ centers and services, but the beaches remained open throughout the weekend.

“We’re doing everything we can to allow the public to utilize areas of the park that don’t require staffing this time of year,” said David Hallac, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent, in an earlier interview.

Considering that during the last federal government shutdown in October 2013 there were barricades put at the entrances of parking areas and ramps, there was some understandable confusion about what would be accessible during this time.  

Here’s a look at what is open, and what is not, during the federal government shutdown.

What is Open and / or Available

  • All oceanside and soundside parking areas in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) are open and accessible.
  • All ORV ramps in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are open and accessible.
  • The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is open.
  • Printable permits for Beach Fires were available on the CHNS website as of Monday morning.
  • A small number of staff - law enforcement personnel – have NOT been furloughed during the shutdown and are patrolling the beaches and other park service sites.  

What is Not Open and / or Available

  • New ORV permit purchases are not available at this time, either in-person or online, as the recreation.gov website has been temporarily disabled.
  • Reservations for National Park Service campgrounds, (including Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet), are not available at this time.
  • All visitors’ centers have been closed, which generally includes accompanying visitors’ amenities such as restrooms.
  • The Wright Brothers National Memorial is closed.
  • The Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is closed.
  • Social media accounts and websites for the National Park Service will not be updated.

Little headway was made over the weekend by congress on a compromise spending bill that would lift the government shutdown, however a key vote is expected at noon on Monday to reopen the government and fund it for three weeks.  

The Island Free Press will continue to post updates on the shutdown as soon as they are available.

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