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.