How the partial shutdown is impacting national parks in the region


WASHINGTON (AP/WAVY) — A top White House official says it’s “very possible” the partial government shutdown will stretch into next year.

A stalemate over the wall led parts of the government to shut down Saturday after funding for numerous departments and agencies expired. The shutdown was expected to last through Thursday.

Both the House and Senate have adjourned until later in the week.

The shutdown is affecting national parks across Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina. This includes Historic Jamestowne, which is jointly operated by the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation and the National Park Service.

While the shutdown lasts, Jamestown Island will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Colonial National Historical Park — including the Yorktown Battlefield and the Jamestown Island Visitor Centers — will be closed. 

Historic Jamestowne officials say National Park passes cannot be accepted during the shutdown. A full list of what will be open at Jamestowne during the shutdown can be found at this link.

Assateague Island National Seashore on the Eastern Shore will remain open during the shutdown, but will not be offering visitor services. The park service says visiting the seashore will be at your own risk.

The park service said its website will not be updated during the shutdown. Some areas of national parks will be open — like Cape Hatteras, Fort Monroe National Monument — but officials cautioned that access could change without notice.

The partial shutdown will not impact military installations in the region, including Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana and  Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

The installations posted to social media that Department of Defense services will remain fully operational during the shutdown.

Stay with for the latest developments.

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