Coronavirus

Illinois emissions testing halted during coronavirus crisis

A man tries to talk to officials while standing in front of a line of cars stretching over two-miles to enter drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at United Memorial Medical Center, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Houston. For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
A man tries to talk to officials while standing in front of a line of cars stretching over two-miles to enter drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at United Memorial Medical Center, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Houston. For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily shuttered the state's vehicle emissions-testing stations to comply with Gov. J.B. Pritzker's “stay at home” directive to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The state EPA announced that emissions stations will be closed Saturday through April 7. That period could be extended however, depending on circumstances surrounding what is currently a growing number of illnesses caused by the novel coronavirus.

The Illinois Air Team Call Center will remain open to address motorists' questions about emissions testing. Motorists may visit the call center's website or call 844-258-9071 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Expiration dates for renewing vehicle registrations have been extended by one month by the Illinois secretary of state's office.

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Illinois Air Team Call Center: 844-258-9071

Online: http://illinoisairteam.net

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