The Lincoln Memorial is closed today after the anticipated government shutdown. On Oct. 1, Belge Info reported that all national monuments in the National Mall have been shutdown following the government's failure to agree upon funding. Anyone who is in the area or planning to travel to the area will not be permitted to enter these "attractions" until they reopen -- and that could take days.
According to the report, the government shutdown has caused all monuments and memorials on the National Mall to be closed and barricaded. "Fountains will be turned off, trash pickup will stop, and bathrooms will be locked," Belge Info reports.
The Lincoln Memorial was closed -- or rather, it never opened this morning. National Park Service was preparing for the worst-case scenario and took measures to help keep the area secure in an effort to make things go smoothly today. There is signage in the area that lets visitors and guests know that the National Mall is closed until further notice.
What else can you expect to see if this government shutdown drags on? Any one who has a government-funded job (like a prison guard or a border patrol agent) could see a delay in receiving their paychecks. Millions of people are being directly affected by this and many hope that it doesn't last too long otherwise bigger problems are going to ensue.
The Lincoln Memorial might be closed for days if not weeks but the government shutdown is causing more headaches for Congress and those holding government positions. This is something that the President did not want to see happen -- Obama says that this government shutdown will hurt the " already fragile economy."
© Effie Orfanides 2013