6 Ways the Government Shutdown Will Affect the Food World

The restaurant and bar business will feel the squeeze in more ways than one.

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  • Less Dependable Income = Less Dining Out
The shutdown means that 800,000 furloughed employees will be forced to stay home, and their paychecks could very well be withheld until the government begins operating again. As customers start pinching their pennies because of undependable incomes, restaurants will lose traffic and overall profit. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • D.C. Restaurants and Bars Are Offering Shutdown Specials to Furloughed Employees
"Several restaurants and bars are offering specials today as a result [of the shutdown], some geared towards furloughed employees, and others just catering to those frustrated with their representatives," reports Eater D.C. The site has an already extensive list of "shut down specials"—like
  • The Shutdown Will Affect Tourist Sites and the Restaurants Surrounding Them
"U.S. tourist industries and airlines reportedly sustained millions of dollars in losses during the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns, in part because visas were going unprocessed and in part because so many parks were shutting down, turning away 7 million visitors," reports the Washington Post. "The National Park Service
  • Restaurants May See Their Trash Pile Up
During the '95-'96 shutdown, the city was only able to keep police, firefighters, and EMS units on duty. Trash collection and street sweeping came to a stop until Congress finally intervened. This time around, D.C. mayor
  • Business Loans Will Be Halted
Federal loans
  • Farmers Will Be Selling Without Knowing The Real Value of Their Crops

It actually happened. The government shut down last night after Congress was unable to come to an agreement on a funding bill. It’s been 17 years since the federal government last faced a partial shutdown, and we’re all interested to see how the shut down will affect our own lives, our cities, and America as a whole. The Washington Post reports, “The government estimates that roughly 800,000 federal workers will get sent home if the government shuts down.”

The laws and regulations governing shutdowns separate federal workers into “essential” and “non-essential,” and those “non-essential” are forced to go home after preparing to close shop. The Washington Post also points out that the local economy around Washington, D.C. is expected to lose approximately $200 million in economic activity for each day of the shut down.

So how will the shut down affect the food world? Click through the gallery above to see how restaurants, bars, farmers, and restaurant patrons will be affected by last night’s government shutdown.

[via The Washington Post, Modern Farmer, Eater D.C., QSRweb]


  • Winifred Ryan

    What about US fisheries? The closure affects NOAA Fisheries as well and since several fisheries need to report where they are headed and what they’re fishing for, it means no leaving the dock for them.

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