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Popular Puerto Rico tourist attractions close amid US govt shutdown


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Frustrated tourists are encountering closed doors at some of the biggest attractions in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico as a result of the partial federal government shutdown.

Some 10,000 federal employees work on the island, which saw the closure on Tuesday of the imposing San Felipe del Morro castle in San Juan, along with other major destinations such as El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system.

U.S. Forest Service Agent Carmelo Ortiz said he has had to turn away numerous tourists visiting the rainforests. Also turned away were several people waiting outside a Social Security office in San Juan.

Meanwhile, the National Guard of Puerto Rico said more than 600 of its 800-strong force are not working.