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Government shutdown affects Delaware Water Gap staffing, services

Visitors to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area can use the hiking trails but not the bathrooms.

The federal government shutdown means parts of the park are closed until further notice.

Acting Park Director Kirsten Talken-Spaulding said because of that furlough, she sent most of the park’s staff home.

She said some essential employees, like police, will still be working but on a limited basis.

"We're in shutdown mode for the national park. That means staff have received notices of furlough,” Talken-Spaulding said. "If there is an emergency we'll respond but it could be very delayed because staffing is very diminished."

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