N.Y.'s Ellis, Liberty islands to reopen Dec. 20

NEW YORK -- The National Park Service will reopen Liberty Island and Ellis Island in New York Harbor Dec. 20, according to local tourism officials, although the Statue of Liberty will remain off limits for the near future.

Both Liberty Island and the immigration museum on Ellis Island were closed immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Starting Dec. 20, visitors who have undergone security checks before boarding ferries from Manhattan and Jersey City, N.J., will be permitted to tour the Ellis Island facility and the perimeter of Liberty Island, according to the National Park Service.

No reopening date had been set for the Statue of Liberty itself.

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