NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Governor Bill Lee is changing how DMVs will operate in the state during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Even after the CDC and President Trump encouraged people to use social distancing, the DMV continued to see crowded waiting rooms. Thus, the state will be limiting 10 people inside the facility at any given time to comply with the CDC guidelines.
A digital ticketing plan will also be implemented so that people can sit in their vehicles instead of in the waiting area. They also encouraged anyone who can to use their online services.
The governor is loosening the state's license renewal regulations, meaning if a driver's license expires between March 19 and May 19, their license will be automatically extended for six months.
"We the department will issue a letter of extension to you and mail that to you automatically and you will be carrying that with you and required to keep it with you in the event you need to show your drivers license," explained Commissioner Safety & Homeland Security Jeff Long
Use the Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security's online services if possible.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath
- At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as: