US shutdown continues to keep public attractions closed
How America's government shutdown is affecting attractions, offices and sights around the US.
The government shutdown affects lots of things, including all of America's National Parks. This barricade prevents visitors from entering the interior of the Badlands National Park near Wall, South Dakota.
This meant that popular tourist attractions, like the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, are currently closed to the public. They'll look less like this...
...and more like this - empty except for a handful of US Park Police.
In New York City the world famous Statue of Liberty is currently closed. Tourists will have to find other things to do in the Big Apple.
On 1 October 2013 the United States of America woke up to something that hadn't happened for 17 years - a partial government shutdown. This meant about a third of the 2.1 million government workers had to take unpaid leave from work and many of America's top attractions have closed to the public.
In San Francisco this National Park Service worker puts up a sign announcing the closure of a Park Service facility at Crissy Field.
It happened because America's two political parties - President Barack Obama's Democrats and the Republicans - couldn't agree on how to fund the nation for the next year. The main sticking point is the Affordable Care Act - nicknamed 'Obamacare' - supported by the president but not by the Republicans.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota is also closed. This tourist still managed to take a photo from outside the grounds - a bonus of the Memorial being on the side of a mountain!
The Republicans don't support Obamacare. They don't think Americans should be forced to pay for health insurance and because of this the two sides couldn't agree on America's funding budget for the next year. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner announced the government shutdown just after 1am on Tuesday morning.
The shutdown will continue until the two parties agree on a resolution. It could last anything from a day to a few weeks. Americans hope the situation will resolve soon, with President Obama urging congress to reach a decision during a speech to journalists yesterday.
The National Zoo in Washington has had to close to the public because the workers are employed by the government. Don't worry, the animals are still being fed!