Government Shutdown: What’s Closed? What’s Still Funded?

TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The question is no longer ‘if’ – now, it’s ‘how long will it last.’  We know Redstone Arsenal is affected by the government shutdown.  What else is open or closed?

WHNT News 19 is compiling a list.  This is not complete, but we’ll add to it as the situation develops.  If you know of an item we should add, please email your question to

Federal Courthouses: All federal courthouses are currently open for 10 days.  The clerk at the U.S. District Court in Birmingham says they could learn more after that period, but for now, federal courts are open.

Federal Parks: Closed.  In north Alabama, this includes Little River Canyon in DeKalb County.  All visitor facilities and park grounds including Canyon Mouth Day Use Area, back country roads and trails, scenic overlook parking lots for Little River Falls, Martha’s Falls, and Eberhart picnic area are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens. In addition, all park programs and school programs events have been canceled.  Note: Canyon Center is open, including the gift shop.  It is operated by Jacksonville State University.

Mail: Open.  The United States Postal Service will continue to deliver mail.

Medicare & Medicaid: Funding continues to recipients of both programs. Source:

National Weather Service: Only providing essential services; will continue to forecast and issue warnings. No basic storm spotter classes offered, though.  Source:

Social Security: Social Security offices are open with limited services.  Social Security card centers are closed.  Social Security and Supplemental Security Income payments to beneficiaries will continue with no change in payment dates.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center: Open.  The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is an agency of the state of Alabama and is not affected by any action at the federal level.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program: Update Wednesday, Oct. 2 – 4:45pm: The federal government has provided additional funds for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs to operate. The Alabama WIC Program will continue to see participants and issue benefits through the month of October. Participants will be limited to one month’s issuance of food benefits. The Alabama Department of Public Health will continue to reassess funding based upon further developments with the federal budget.


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