CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) - Thousands of people in Western Massachusetts are being forced to stay home from their jobs without pay until there's a resolution.
The government shutdown had some federally run sites like the Springfield Armory closed indefinitely.
James Woolsey, Superintendent of the Springfield Armory and National Historic Site said, "Spent the morning furloughing all of our employees which was a little bit of a difficult thing to do. So they all just went home and we've locked down the site so we've made sure all the building systems are locked down and ready for however long we're going to be closed."
Bud Lane is a Veteran that came from Portland Oregon to visit the Armory, but much to his dismay it was closed.
"Let down because those folks we elected them to do the best for the nation. Not to go out and to run their own personal agendas."
And the parking lot at Westover Air Reserve Base is emptier than normal, without Civilian and Reservists who would normally fill those spots.
Ninety percent of Westover Air Reserve Base is civilian run on a day to day basis, and several hundred of those workers have been put on furlough affecting missions and moral.
Lt. Col. James Bishop, of the Westover Air Reserve Base Public Affairs Office told 22News,"There's frustration, disappointment. These are people who are dedicated and who want to do the job, who've won numerous awards. We saw six days of furlough over the summer and that was hard enough but it was predictable this one is indefinite so the uncertainty I think is what hits at people."
Westover Air Reserve Base employs about 5,500 people, 740 are civilians, and over 2,000 Reservists. This weekend there is training at the base but if the shutdown isn't over by Friday it will be work to be made up.