The shutdown of Mammoth Cave National Park will not only affect the park's workers. Surrounding areas like Cave City rely heavily on tourism to the park for their city's economy. Officials are reminding those seeking entertainment that there are plenty of privately run caves in the area and the government shutdown should not deter you from making plans. Despite the plea, local businesses said they're already seeing the effects of the shutdown.
"I had three cabins booked for the weekend for a group. There goal was to go to Mammoth Cave and ride horses with us. She called this morning and said she might have to cancel because Mammoth Cave was going to be closed." said Mary Lou Carey of Kentucky Action Park.
"We have a short tourism season when school is out, so the weekends are critical. That goes for the hoteliers, the restaurants, and anybody that is affected by tourism" added Sharon Tabor of Cave City Tourism.
Businesses said they hope the shutdown ends before area schools are out for Fall break next week.