DMV shutdown marks latest in series of restrictions aimed at slowing coronavirus spread

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All New York state DMV locations are shuttered until further notice, marking the latest in a series of extreme restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

All DMV reservations have been canceled, and road tests will not be held. Driver’s licenses expiration dates will be extended because of the shutdown. But the state says people can still access some of the DMV's services, either by mail or online. That includes license and registration renewals, vehicle transactions, and changes of address.

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It comes as 100% of non-essential workers in New York state are being ordered to stay home starting Sunday night.

Among them is Bob Bennett, the owner of Amity Harbor Sports in Amityville.

“It's tough, it's going to be tough,” he says. “Five or six employees are going to have to get laid off for the time being, hopefully collect unemployment,” he says.

Matt from Deer Park also won't be working. He's an office manager, whose job requires him to be on-site.

“I'm just trying to survive right now, like everybody else. And not being able to go to work right now is really hurting us and economically, how am I going to pay my bills?” he asks.

Many Long Islanders hope the restrictions will help lower the number of infections as health care workers continue to treat the sick.

“Hopefully, that will stop the spread and we can go back to normal sooner rather than later. Fingers crossed,” says Chris Lange, of Melville.

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