SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ drivers’ services facilities will close for in-person business for three weeks starting Tuesday because of the statewide surge in COVID-19 cases.
The closures for in-person business will begin Tuesday, with the locations set to reopen Dec. 7 in an effort to help protect staff amid the ongoing increase in coronavirus cases.
“The health and safety of employees and the public remains paramount and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus,” White said in a statement.
White spokesman Henry Haupt said several facilities already had to close temporarily because of the COVID-19 surge.
“We’ll keep a close eye on how things are going with the state, but we thought it was reasonable to close for a three week period and then reconsider our options,” Haupt told The State Journal-Register.
Due to the closures, White said the state will again extend the expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards, this time until June 1, 2021.
While anyone with a license that expires before the extended deadline will be considered to have a valid license until June 1, commercial driver’s license holders are excluded from the extension because of federal requirements.