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