Bangladesh Bank today instructed the country’s banks to continue their limited operation until May 23. The central bank took the decision after the government extended the nationwide restrictions on public movement until May 23 to curb the second wave of the Covid-19 infections, local media reported.
Clients can be able to enjoy banking services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the limited banking hours, according to a notice of Bangladesh Bank. Besides, the branches will remain open until 3:30 p.m. to complete their regular procedures.
Banks have been following the rostering system for their employees since Apr 14 as per the instructions of the central bank and the government.
The government enforced lockdown-like controls from Apr 5 after the Covid-19 infections rate and death tolls began rising alarmingly. As the situation worsened, it went for a strict countrywide lockdown from Apr 14.
In a circular on Apr 13, the central bank said bank headquarters, authorized dealer branches and district-level head offices will remain open during the movement restrictions.
Also, one branch (if the authorized dealer branch is not open) will remain open every two kilometres in city corporation areas. At the upazila level, a single branch of a bank will remain open on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Apart from this, branches, sub-branches, and bank booths in the vicinity of sea, land, and airports will remain open. Port authorities and local administration are to take appropriate measures in enforcing health safety guidelines.