The Federal government shutdown is all over the news. Hopefully, it is not affecting you or your family.
Are you familiar with what you can and cannot do during this time? Here's a list of a few things that the government shutdown has affected.
If you know of something else, add it to our list.
The bad news first:
Things You Cannot Do During the Government Shutdown:
Get a paycheck if you are a non-essential, furloughed government employee
Apply for new Medicare or Social Security benefits
Visit any Federally-run building, museum, national park, civil war battlefield, zoo, monument, etc.
Check the National Weather Service website for the weather in your area
Get a new small business loan
Check the legal work status of an employee
Have a Permanent Labor Certification Processed
Continue to be audited by the IRS
During a shutdown, you can:
Call 911 for help
Get US mail delivered and picked up
Receive your Social Security, disability, veterans, SNAP, and/or WIC benefits
Get a parking ticket
Be protected by the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies
Be paid and receive benefits if you're in the U.S. military
Receive healthcare benefits if you're a furloughed federal worker
Visit a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital
Get an unemployment check
Go to the DMV (watch out for long lines)
Get weather warnings and watches, but not updates
Visit non-government-run museums and pay the price
Go to state and county parks
Things that are still working, but you might want to avoid due to long lines and limited staffing
Renew or get a new passport
Travel at all by air, bus or train
Apply for a new patent
Some of the information in this article provided by NBCWashington