Government shutdown ‘complicated’ repairs for National Christmas Tree

Greg Nash

The partial government shutdown has “complicated” repairs for the National Christmas Tree, a spokesperson said on Sunday. The tree was damaged when a man tried to climb it on Friday.

The National Park Service on Sunday announced that the Christmas tree will stay dark during the shutdown, which is expected to be lengthy. 

{mosads}”During the federal government shutdown, the White House Visitor Center and National Christmas Tree site will be closed,” the announcement on the NPS website says. 

The tree, which is located by the White House, was damaged when a man tried to climb it at about 5:45 p.m on Friday.

U.S. Park Police told NBC4 Washington that they negotiated with the man, who they said was emotionally distressed. The man was reportedly taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation after getting out of the tree.

The partial shutdown has “complicated efforts” to fix the damage, a National Park Service spokesperson told WJLA.

The shutdown, which will affect about one-fourth of the government, began when lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on Friday. The shutdown could affect around an estimated 800,000 workers, NPR reported

Multiple landmarks and national parks are being forced to close or run with a reduced staff during the shutdown. 

“A possible partnership agreement may allow us to repair and reopen the site during the lapse in appropriations,” an NPS spokesperson told WJLA about the National Christmas Tree.

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