First, shutdowns are hugely impactful to the lives of federal employees and their families. According to the Office of Personnel Management, as of 2011 there were 2.79 million people employed by the U.S. federal government. While the military was paid through 1 Feb. at the time of the shutdown, approximately 1.3 million active duty troops would have been expected to work potentially without pay. Other federal employees potentially facing furlough worried about paying their mortgages.
It’s very difficult to know how the shutdown would have affected everyday life because the Trump Administration had offered very little guidance as to how they would orchestrate the shutdown. It could have affected national park sites, and in the past in the District of Columbia services like trash pick-up have been affected. Essential services, like TSA and the US Postal Service, would have continued.