The country’s banking sector is set to return to normal operations from today after a prolonged general holiday aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.
Banks have been operating on a limited scale since the beginning of the general holiday on March 26.Bangladesh Bank (BB) issued a circular on Thursday, asking the banks to resume normal operations and maintain safety- and hygiene-related guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Usually, the banks facilitate transactions from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and office hours end at 6:00 pm.
For the medium and high coronavirus risk areas, the banks will remain open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and banking transactions will be available from 10:00 am to 2.30 pm. The bank branches or booths will remain open 24 hours in seven days in a week in seaport, land port and airport areas.
In the case of limited public transport facilities, respective banks will have to take responsibility for the transport of their officers and employees, the BB circular said.
The circular said social distancing among officials must be maintained in the offices, and sick officials and pregnant female officials should be discouraged to come to work.