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Banks to open for limited hours from Sunday as Covid lockdown resumes

  • Published at 04:43 pm July 24th, 2021
File Photo: People stand in long queues inside a branch of Sonali Bank in Dhaka's Motijheel on April 13, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The lockdown resumed on Friday after the Eid holidays

After the Eid-ul-Azha and weekly holidays, banks and other financial institutions are reopening from Sunday, with the country back into a strict lockdown aimed at curbing Covid-19 cases and deaths.

Due to the countywide lockdown imposed by the government on Friday, the banks will be open for only three hours.  

According to a Bangladesh Bank circular, during the lockdown between July 25 and August 5, the banks will only operate from 10am to 1:30pm -- instead of the normal 10am to 4pm.

The banks must also maintain safety protocols and only allow limited staff in their offices.

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However, the banks can operate till 3pm for in-house work, after their customers have left, said the circular. The regular activities maintained by banks can also be performed by following the government’s guidelines. 

The head offices and authorized dealer-designated branches of banks will remain open, while state-owned banks are required to open just one branch at the district and upazila levels. 

According to the central bank, private banks are allowed to open one branch at the district level, and a maximum of two branches outside districts, with few employees. 

Internet banking, however, will continue 24 hours every day. As per the circular, all banks will have to ensure ATM booths or kiosks to facilitate transactions through cards. They would also have to supply adequate cash in the machines.