The West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has amended some of the current rules put in place due to the coronavirus outbreak.
While walk-in facilities had been open for business, the doors remained locked, and DMV employees would allow entry to only one customer at a time. At his coronavirus media-briefing on Monday, Governor Jim Justice announced that particular restriction will now be loosened.
Going forward, as many as six customers will be permitted inside walk-in facilities simultaneously. As one customer completes their business and leaves, a waiting customer will then be cycled in. All social-distancing guidelines must still be followed (i.e. maintaining proper spacing) and masks are required for everyone at all times. West Virginia DMV has also announced the extension of license-expirations from March 1st to December 31.
At that same briefing, Gov. Justice also spoke on the status of the West Virginia Cares Act Small Business Grant Program. The program, which was first announced back on July 15, is designed to provide up to $5,000 worth of grant-funding to West Virginia-based small businesses that have been operating since February 29, 2020.
The Governor reported that, as of Monday, just over $95-million has been awarded to these businesses thus far. In total, $150-million had been set aside for disbursement through the program. Justice reiterated the importance for business owners to apply for the assistance as soon as possible. Applications are available online at grants.wv.com.
And finally, with his mention of the “West Virginia 211” program, the Governor stressed once again his desire that no West Virginian should go without the help they need.
The program was created through a partnership with United Ways of West Virginia, is available 24-hours a day/7-days a week, and provides assistance and resources to those who may be suffering from addiction, in need of food or healthcare, and a wide-range of other concerns. Those in need of the service should dial 211, or text their zip code to 898-211.