As of 12:01 Tuesday, October 1, many government agencies were forced to close their doors, and thousands of non-essential personnel were notified and told not to come to work.

Here in Montana, the partial government shutdown is expected to close both Yellowstone and Glacier national parks to visitors. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and other entitlement checks will continue. Active military personnel will continue to be paid, and most veterans benefits will continue, until those funds run out.

Services that are essential for public safety and national security are expected to be unaffected by the shutdown, and because it is supported by postage stamp sales, the mail will continue to be delivered.

There are over 12,000 federal workers employed in Montana.