(KMOV) -- The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown, and that had many wondering when furloughed government workers in the St. Louis area would be back on the job.
A spokesperson from the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis told News 4 they were waiting official word as to when those furloughed workers would return.
The Gateway Arch website says both the Old Courthouse and Arch would resume operations during regularly scheduled hours as soon as the government reopens. An official with the National Parks Conservation said she expected the park service, which includes the Arch and courthouse, to return to normal Thursday.
About half of the 700 employees at the Army Corps of Engineers regional office in St. Louis were furloughed. Corps spokesman Mike Petersen told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he was unsure how soon those workers would return to their jobs.
News 4 also checked in with Scott Air Force base Thursday morning to see how quickly the end of the shutdown would impact workers, but there was no response.