Federal workers, tourists bracing for impacts of possible government shutdown

Federal workers, tourists bracing for impacts of possible government shutdown (ABC7)

People around the District remember October 2013 when the government shut down for 17 days. The Smithsonian National Zoo and popular parks were closed, around 500,000 government workers were sent home and 1.5 million workers deemed essential were not sure they’d be paid — they're not very fond memories.

"Here we go again," Felicia Thompson told ABC7's Brad Bell Thursday.

Thompson works for a government agency and she says she's tired of the periodic shutdown threat.

"I have a child and I want to make sure she eats and I want to eat and its important that this gets done," said Thompson.

A government worker who didn’t want to be identified says the possible shutdown is already having an impact.

"We’re having to shut down already ahead of time on projects and time management and allocation of what we can get done," he said.

All government agencies now have updated shutdown contingency plans. A sample of the National Park Service plan obtained by ABC7 says visitors will be instructed to leave parks immediately and park roads will be closed.

Meanwhile, the Smithsonian museums and National Zoo, now busy with field trips, has announced plans to stay open all weekend if the shutdown happens and then will close Monday.

Tourists Mary and Bill Davis said it would be sad to see that happen.

"We were just walking down the street saying we needed this reminder of how great this country is and if it was shut down we wouldn’t see that. So, yeah, it makes a difference, said Mary Davis.

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