The trickle-down effect of the shutdown is being felt by local businesses.
For Alma Solis, owner of La Condesa restaurant in Brownsville, business is being affected. Lunch time was the busiest time of the day, with many federal workers stopping for a bite to eat, but now many tables are empty.
“It’s been really calm. People come in, but it’s not like before,” says Solis.
Solis adds that she has seen a drop in sales since their peak time in December. She says that this time of year, sales should be at about 60 percent but right now are at 40 percent.
“The restaurant would be filled and now we are going through a really rough time.”
She says customers tell her they have to watch their wallets.
With no end in sight, Solis fears the overall impact of the shutdown will not only affect federal workers, but businesses like hers who are seeing a decline in customers.
“Everyone is on the same boat, its affecting all of us. Sometimes, I step out to see empty streets. It’s not like before- it’s difficult now,” she adds.
CBS 4 reached out to the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce for data but did not hear back, however, they are anticipating a decrease in sales for local businesses.