US to reopen Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - United States (US) national parks and monuments including the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon are to reopen despite the federal shutdown, after states agreed to fund them temporarily, officials said.
The National Park Service announced deals with the states of New York, Arizona, Colorado and Utah to reopen tourist sites closed since the US government partial shutdown came into force on October 1.
The New York agreement will allow funding for the Statue of Liberty for six days, beginning Saturday through October 17, with the state donating US$369,300 (S$462,000) to keep it running.
"This is a practical and temporary solution that will lessen the pain for some businesses and communities in New York during this shutdown," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a statement.