Bangladesh Bank (BB) has directed the banks to resume normal banking activities from Sunday as the general holiday period announced by the government to curb the outbreak of coronavirus is coming to an end on 30 May.
The central bank in its directive said that the banks with following the regular transaction hour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Banks will be open till 6:00 pm for internal official purpose. However, transaction hours will be limited up to 2:30 pm in the branches of high and medium risk areas for coronavirus infection.The instructions were sent to the chief executives of all the banks on Thursday. The government has declared a general holiday from March 26 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Most of the offices were closed during the general holidays but the banks were open. Limited transactions of the bank have continued from the beginning. However, the time of bank transactions and the scope of keeping the branch open are gradually being increased.
Measures should be taken in coordination with the concerned authorities to keep the bank branches or booths located in the sea, land and airport areas open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the central bank said.
Banks were asked to ensure that social distance is maintained in the office work environment. Risky persons, sick officers, employees and pregnant women should be prevented from appearing in the workplace.
In order to keep the banks open, the 13 guidelines of the Directorate of Health regarding health rules have to be fully complied with.
The compliance report on a monthly basis in this regard should be sent to the off-site supervision department within 5 working days of the next month until further instructions. In the light of the guidelines announced by the government, the bank has been asked to take necessary measures at its own responsibility for the transportation of officers and employees to the office when the public transport movement is limited.