They tried to shut down Mount Vernon but backed off once the police realized they had no authority over the privately run attraction. This hasn’t stopped the government from shutting down less high profile private businesses however.
What this comes down to is the government is afraid we will realize that for the most part the government is not needed at these places. If the public realizes this, when the government “reopens” (government) jobs might be in jeopardy. Better to deny access and force people to lose their private sector jobs.
(From The Washington Times)
The National Park Service has closed privately run marinas, restaurants and inns throughout the country and in some cases even posted guards to keep people from using them during the government shutdown, arguing that it doesn’t have the money, manpower or authority to let them operate.