DMV offices close due to coronavirus concerns

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SAN DIEGO (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.

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.

FOX 5 headed to the Clairemont DMV field office to confirm the reports Friday morning. Some disappointed residents had turned up early in hopes of beating the crowds, but instead found locked doors.

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