Due to some squabbling up on Capitol Hill, D.C. is staring down a full-blown government shutdown (queue “Here It Goes Again” by Ok Go). I don’t care what Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) or any other congressperson claims. Shutdowns hit D.C. the hardest.
- The last government shutdown in 2018 - 2019 lasted 35 days and cost D.C. $47.4 million in lost revenue.
- D.C. must support thousands of furloughed workers who are likely to inundate D.C.’s office of unemployment services (you file where you work, not where you live).
- With so many federal employees working remotely, downtown businesses are already struggling. Lost Metro ridership and closed tourist attractions certainly won’t help.
What Will Be Closed?
It’s not confirmed, but the museums (including the National Zoo and National Arboretum) have closed in previous shutdowns.
Federal Assistance Programs
The seven million people receiving federal food aid would see an immediate reduction in payment. However, D.C. food pantries are already prepping to help fill the gap.
Unfortunately, getting hitched doesn’t count as an essential service. You can still get divorced though, which seems rigged if you ask me.
What’s Staying Open?
Trash, parking enforcement (hooray!), and mail services will remain undisturbed. Same with libraries, rec centers, and public transportation.
While some monuments and memorials may have limited access, the National Mall and Rock Creek Park are expected to remain open as they did during previous shutdowns.
You can still check out D.C.’s many private museums like the Phillips Collection, the Spy Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and many others.
Cups & Company
Don’t worry, essential workers, rumor is the Senate building’s stand-by (if not slightly shitty) coffee shop is remaining open.