Statue Reopening

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The government says there'll be new rules for visitors to the Statue of Liberty when it reopens Aug. 3.

It's been closed to the public since Nine-Eleven because of security concerns.

Visitors won't be allowed up the cramped circular metal staircase into the crown of the 151-foot symbol.

The government says the public will be able to view the statue's interior through a glass ceiling at roughly the level of Lady Liberty's feet.

And for the first time, visitors will need reservations for tours at specific times. It's hoped the reservations will eliminate the hours-long lines that marked most trips to see the 118-year-old statue.

Visitors without a reservation can take tours around the island and go the gift shop.