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Puerto Rico closes colonial-era forts due to U.S. government shutdown

Impact of government shutdown

San Juan, Puerto Rico — Two popular colonial-era forts in Puerto Rico's capital have been closed as part of the U.S. federal government shutdown.

The island's government-owned Tourism Company had been temporarily financing operations at the San Felipe del Morro Castle and the San Cristobal Castle since the U.S. government's partial shutdown cut funding for the National Park Service, which oversees the monuments.

Officials said more than 45,000 people visited the two sites in Old San Juan during that period. The two sites closed on Monday after the U.S. National Park Service ended the agreement, citing unspecified "operational reasons."

The San Felipe del Morro castle — Puerto Rico
The San Felipe del Morro castle, located in the north end of San Juan, Puerto Rico, seen in a 2010 file photo. Getty

A warning message on the National Park Service website reads: "During the federal government shutdown, San Cristobal and Del Morro are closed. Del Morro grounds will remain open. All visitor services are closed. For emergency call 911. Because of the federal government shutdown, this website is not being updated!"