What's Open, Closed During Government Shutdown

The federal government shut down at midnight Friday, after Congress failed to pass a spending bill and finalize a budget plan. But what does that mean for you? Here’s what’s open and closed during a government shutdown.


• Government offices

• Mortgage applications

• National Institute of Health

Select national parks, zoos and museums


Government functions essential to public safety will continue to operate. These federal employees will not be paid during the shutdown.

• Members of Congress

• U.S. Military Personnel

• Air Traffic Controllers

• FBI Agents

• Meat and poultry inspectors

• Coast Guard and Border Patrol

• TSA Screeners

• U.S. Postal Service

• Federal hospitals

• Federal prisons 

Other notable closures in South Florida include the Homestead National Parks Trolley Service, which will be suspended until further notice. 

The government shutdown comes as President Donald Trump marks his one-year anniversary in office. The last government shutdown occurred in 2013 and lasted two weeks, costing an estimated $20 billion.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated visa/passport services would be postponed as a result of the shutdown. According to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, "scheduled passport and visa services in the U.S. and overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations."

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