The federal government won’t be entirely shut now that Congress hasn’t passed a new spending bill by the midnight Friday deadline.
Here’s a rundown:
The US Postal Service is an independent agency of the federal government. Post offices will not be affected. Mail will continue to be delivered.
Checks will still be in the mail. But new applications will not be processed until the shutdown ends.
Unlike the last shutdown, some plan to remain open. Those with safety or staffing issues will close.
Museums and monuments
You will have to cancel that visit to the Statue of Liberty, Lincoln Memorial and other well-known sites. The Smithsonian and the National Zoo plan to stay open for the weekend, but shut starting Monday.
Airports will stay open. During the last shutdown, more than 14,000 air traffic controllers were ordered to keep working without pay. In a worst-case scenario, delays might be encountered depending on which employees are deemed “non-essential.”
If you need one, hurry up. Passport services will end within a short time depending on when funding runs out.
Most employees of the Department of Homeland Security are considered essential and will remain on the job. Immigration services are mostly self-funded, so those offices will continue operating.