JAMESTOWN-It's not business as usual at America's national parks.
The government shutdown means the country's 401 national parks, including Colonial National Historical Park, which includes Historic Jamestown, Yorktown Battlefield and the Colonial Parkway.
All visitor facilities and offices are closed and all programs and events have been canceled.
At Historic Jamestowne, closures include the visitor center, glasshouse, and Island Drive.
At Yorktown Battlefield, the gates are down to keep people from the visitor center, tour roads, Moore and Nelson Houses, beach picnic area, and parking lots in Yorktown.
The Colonial Parkway is being closed in phases, beginning with the portion between Jamestown and Route 199/Kingspoint. If the government shutdown remains in effect, more sections will be closed. All recreational areas along the parkway are closed to public use. As 13News Now reported Monday, the road is closed because there are no park rangers for patrol.
Other facilities in the 13News Now viewing area that are closed are the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Suffolk and The Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.
Dismal Swamp Refuge Manager Chris Lowie said, 'This means all public uses cease completely - even hunts for which people have been issued special permits, like the deer hunt scheduled for this week. It means no birdwatching and no driving to see Lake Drummond. It means that these federally-owned lands and facilities are closed.'
The closures are frustrating many people, who had plans to visit national parks, and they're talking about it on the WVEC13 Facebook page.
Kristy Winslow posted, 'The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is closed. The people of Hatteras and Ocracoke depend on this seashore to be open. NPS has locked every ramp and gate. You can not even park and walk over to the beaches. There has got to be a stop to this. People all over are hurting.'
Sarah Hansen added, 'My family and I were planning a trip to DC this weekend to go to the museums but now we are going to have to make other plans.'
Nancy Mccloskey Niles is changing her plans. 'Was planning a visit and stay at the lodges in Shenandoah National Park. Ticks me off Congress can't do their job, still gets paid and that they have no clue the far reaching impacts their actions have on everyone else!'