Philly tourists feel effect of partial government shutdown

Hadas Kuznits
January 09, 2019 - 4:17 pm
Tourists try to get a glimpse and a photo of the Liberty Bell through the glass of the closed site.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Tourists to Philadelphia are feeling the impact of the government shutdown, and they're not happy about it. 

Allen DiGiralamo of Lumberton, New Jersey, was being a tourist for the day. But because of the government shutdown, the city's most important historical sites are closed while National Park Service employees who run them are out on furlough.

"Yeah, we're trying to get a little peek of the Liberty Bell and I can see it, although it would be a lot nicer to be up close and personal," DiGiralamo said. 

Tourists try to get a glimpse and a photo of the Liberty Bell through the glass of the closed site.
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For Kelly Vidoli of Wheeling, Illinois, the shutdown is disappointing for other reasons. 

"It's not that sad that we can't see this bell, it's more sad what that symbolizes. It's sad that this is the state that we're at," Vidoli said. 

Peyton Smith of Jackson, Mississippi, tells KYW Newsradio it's amazing how far-reaching a government shutdown can be. He initially didn't think anything of it because he's not a government employee. 

"You think about the shutdown in abstract terms and then when you actually show up at a national park and the government's shut down, you're like, 'Oh, ok. The government's shutdown. That's funny,'" Smith said.