All 170 California Department of Motor Vehicles field offices temporarily closed and staff was placed on paid leave starting Friday due to health concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, according to a published report.
The move affects the Pasadena DMV at 49 S. Rosemead Blvd. in East Pasadena.
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.
DMV 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.
In a statement, the California DMV said it is moving to offer Californians essential services online starting next week to continue processing critical transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It confirmed field offices will be temporarily closed to the public statewide beginning March 27 and reopen, virtually, on April 2.
All in-office appointments at this time will be canceled, the DMV said.
“Customers are encouraged to check the dmv.ca.gov website for future appointment availability.”