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End to government shutdown means Gettysburg is open

Updated: Thursday, October 17 2013, 06:11 PM CDT
Reported by: Chris Papst 

GETTYSBURG -- Now that the shutdown has ended, national parks all around the county, including Gettysburg, are back open.    

“Yes, we’re glad it’s open,” said Jane Casale. 

Jane and her husband Mark were among the many happy tourists in Gettysburg today. After being closed for two weeks, the famous battlefield is now open. The New York-based couple has never been here and just arrived this morning -- but they were mentally prepared to see locked gates.

“If it wasn’t open then we just keep going on. Find something else to do that was open,” Mark Casale added.

But for tourists like Bill Robertson, his attitude is different. He came all the way from New Mexico three days ago, but he won’t be able to visit the park -- he and his wife have to leave.  

“We thought about changing our reservations for another day, it’s just not going to work out because we have some commitments,” Robertson said. “We definitely want to revisit the area and spend more time here there’s no doubt about that – hopefully when it’s not shut down and the government gets its act together.”

“It has been a challenging two weeks with everyone panicking,” said Andrea Proulx from the Gettysburg Hotel.

The shutdown did not just affect tourists; local businesses took a big hit. The Gettysburg Hotel saw a 10 to 15 percent drop in business. And if the shutdown had lasted another week, employees would have lost work.   

“Just the fact that that’s lifted and we don’t have to see it impact our team here is just tremendous,” a happy Chuck Moran, the general manager of the Gettysburg Hotel, said. 

The shutdown ended just in time for the next big event here in Gettysburg -- the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19.End to government shutdown means Gettysburg is open

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