Government shutdown 2018: What’s open and what’s closed?

A sign announcing the closure of the Statue of Liberty, due to the U.S. government shutdown, sits near the ferry dock to the Statue of Liberty at Battery Park in New York on Jan. 20, 2018. Andrew kelly / Reuters

The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island were briefly closed because of the shutdown, though the National Park Service said in a statement Sunday that they would reopen after reaching a funding agreement with New York State.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had championed the move, describing the statue as an important economic driver and “a symbol of New York and our values. And her message has never been as important as it is today,” he said.

But elsewhere in the federal government, employees were not so lucky. The Department of Health and Human Services

issued a memo saying that it would furlough 50 percent of its staff and cut back certain services, such as Indian Health Services and child welfare programs. It continues treating current patients, however.

The Defense Department

also issued guidance saying military and civilian personnel will continue normal duty but would not be paid. Military death benefits will also not be dispersed.

The Department of Education said in a memo that

more than 90 percent of its total staff for the first week would be sent home, but federal financial aid workers would still report to work.

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