CapeSpace Offers Free Access to Federal Employees Impacted by Shutdown

HYANNIS – CapeSpace is offering federal employees impacted by the government shutdown, as well as their families, free access to its facility and services.

“We feel the need to do something to help and support those who are being affected by the shutdown,” said CapeSpace President Robbin D. Orbison.

“Even if it’s just to come in and use our high-speed internet or get a free cup of coffee, hopefully it helps.”

To participate, federal employees must show their government ID and they will be granted free access to the CapeSpace business lounge, which includes gourmet coffee and high-speed internet, for the duration of the shutdown.

Located at 100 Independence Way in Hyannis, CapeSpace is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The offer extends to working family members of federal employees.

“Some of those affected might have family members who work from home and need a distraction-free workspace for a few hours,” Orbison said.

“I’m happy to do what I can and wish I could do more.”

The shutdown began on December 22, taking rank on Saturday as the longest in U.S. history at 22 days. It’s the first shutdown of the government since the 16-day shutdown under President Barrack Obama in 2013.

It is estimated that roughly 800,000 government workers have been furloughed or unpaid during the shutdown.

The shutdown also impacts a number of Cape residents, including those serving at Joint Base Cape Cod as well as employees at the Cape Cod National Seashore.

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

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