Liberty still in chains

For the first time since the 9/11 attacks, the Statue of Liberty is open again to the public.
Unfortunately, as reported in the Times , while the island is open, and the base of the monument is open, the staircase that allows you to climb up to the top is closed, seemingly permanently.
That’s a crying shame. Given what I understand the level of security is just getting to the island, isn’t it a bit overboard?
And isn’t it ironic that a symbol of freedom is itself in chains, so to speak.