GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- Hundreds of civilian workers at the submarine base in Groton are feeling the effects of the government shutdown. But they're not the only ones. Visitors have arrived at the Submarine Force Museum only to find it shut down.
The sign couldn't be more clear. The museum remains closed, but News 8 did talk to one man who doesn't understand why because he says on weekends it's run completely with volunteers.
The man who didn't want to be identified says on Saturdays and Sundays there are no civilian workers at the Submarine Force Museum, so why can't the museum remain open now?
"It seems like the docents and the active duty military run it just fine," the man said.
News 8 called the submarine base in Groton and got the following answer. In a statement from the base commander we learned, "Under a government shutdown, the law states that only operations and activities essential to safety, protection of human life, and protection of our national security are authorized."
"Somebody I think in Washington has said let's make this as inconvenient as possible for the public and shut everything down when there's no need to," the man said.
"I'm from New York, come here almost two hours driving, almost two hours now," one visitor said.
The visitor was very disappointed and had to tell a group from Seoul South Korea, the museum and Nautilus, the country's first operational nuclear powered submarine, were closed. While News 8 was at the gate others came and others went.
"I don't understand why we're going through these continuing resolutions when democrats refuse to pass a budget," veteran Jim Field said.
Field is from Massachusetts, and once served on the Nautilus.
"Sorry you can't be here to see your old ship. I know I know, oh well, I'll be back."
While one gate is locked and closed, other gates remain open because the Subase itself is open minus 750 of the 1,300 civilian employees who usually go to work there.
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