Museums and parks deserted as US government shutdown begins

The shutdown that started yesterday will put a lot of people out of jobs.

A furloughed federal employee holds a sign on the steps to the U.S. Capitol after the U.S. Government shut down last night, on Capitol Hill in Washington October 1, 2013.

The U.S. government began a partial shutdown for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.

One by one, the memorials were closed, along with about 45 fountains maintained by the National Park Service, said spokeswoman Carol Johnson. Pumps will be stopped at the Lincoln Memorial’s long reflecting pool, but it won’t be immediately drained.

The Washington region will lose $220 million per day in federal payroll while the government is closed, Fuller estimated. So federal workers won’t be spending money at small businesses and restaurants while they’re not being paid, he said.

That’s a wow so sorry tourists.. Come to Naija instead, you’d have a lot of sites to visit.

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