BELTON, Texas — The Bell County Vehicle Registration Office in Belton will be closed to in-person, walk-in services after more office employees tested positive for COVID-19.
In a press release, the office said it will continue to provide services online and by phone. The vehicle registration officers in Temple, Killeen and Fort Hood will remain open for in-person walk-in services by appointment.
Bell County Tax Assessor-Collector Shay Luedeke closed the Belton office last week after two employees tested positive for the virus. At that time, two other employees reported symptoms and were encouraged to get tested. When the tests came back positive, Luedeke made the decision to close the office through the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Given the number of people who were going to be at home recovering, we were not going to have sufficient staff to run the office," Luedeke said in a press release announcing the closure.
All public appointments for the Belton office have been cancelled until Monday, November 30. The timeline may be extended further based on staffing, according to the release. Appointments can still be made with the Temple and Killeen officers by visiting the county tax assessor-collector website.