Governor limits DMV, childcare services amidst coronavirus.

Gov. Evers ordered a scaling down of DMV and childcare services statewide amidst the coronavirus. Photo: (left) Corey Coyle, (right) Hunter Brady, licensed under creative commons.

Author: Sam Buisman

Governor Tony Evers ordered limits on Wisconsin DMV and childcare services to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

According to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, all Wisconsin DMVs will be closed on Friday, March 20, for a deep cleaning. Upon reopening on March 23, in-person service will be limited to by-appointment issuing of new drivers licenses and identification cards. The release specifies that all drivers tests are cancelled indefinitely.

However, the department is also granting some flexibility for drivers affected by these restrictions. According to the release, all drivers licenses that expire while the coronavirus is considered a public health emergency will be automatically extended by 60 days with late fees waived.

A press release from the governor outlined similar limits to childcare facilities. According to the release, all Wisconsin child care centers may not house more than 50 children and 10 staff at a time, starting March 19. This limit will remain in effect as long as the coronavirus is considered a public health emergency.

“Child care is an essential service for many of the folks working on the front lines to provide healthcare and vital services to our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak,” Gov. Evers said through the release. “This is another step forward to ensure that service continues, while protecting our child care providers who are going above and beyond their regular duties to support our families, communities and state.”

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health, there are currently 106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, 23 of which are in Dane county.