Report: All California DMV offices temporarily closing due to coronavirus concerns

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Posted at 4:45 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 10:42:24-04

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- All 170 California Department of Motor Vehicles field offices will temporarily close and staff is being placed on paid leave starting Friday due to health concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, according to a published report.

In a memo to employees, the department's Field Operations Deputy Director Coleen Solomon wrote that the DMV is "taking steps to address employee health and safety concerns, including public contact and increasing social distancing between individuals," according to the Los Angeles Times, which obtained a copy of the memo.

Staff will return to work on Wednesday after the offices are cleaned and disinfected, but they will remain closed to the public indefinitely, The Times reported.

With offices shut down, 10News learned all DMV appointments through the closure will be canceled and customers are encouraged to use online services or DMV kiosks found at grocery stores (click here to view map).