Banks to remain closed during lockdown

Staff Correspondent

13 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Banks and financial institutions will remain closed from April 14 to April 21 as part of the all-out lockdown declared by the government to contain the surge in Covid-19 infection.

However, online banking services including ATM and internet banking will remain operational round the clock to meet customers’ needs.

As per the government’s directive, Bangladesh Bank (BB) on Monday decided to keep the bank branches, sub-branches, booth banking and agent banking services shut during the lockdown.

However, bank branches at sea, land ports and airports can be kept open to facilitate import-export activities. Besides, foreign exchange branches can be kept open for a certain period if required by exporters.

Bangladesh Bank said it will not give instructions to keep any bank open.

Bangladesh Bank spokesperson Sirajul Islam said all branches of banks will remain close during the all-out lockdown. Meanwhile, the government instructed to close all offices as part of a one-week lockdown to prevent coronavirus infections. The Cabinet Division on Monday issued instructions on work and movement.

According to the circular, all government, semi-government, autonomous private offices and financial institutions will be closed. All officers and employees must be in their respective areas of work. The circular further said that air, sea, naval and land ports and related offices would be exempted from the restrictions.