Banks to remain closed during lockdown
Dhaka, April 13: All banks will be closed from April 14 to April 21 due to strict restrictions imposed by the government to control the coronavirus infection. During the restriction, bank branches as well as all branches of financial services, booth banking and agent banking services will be closed. However, all online services including ATM and internet banking will remain open. A circular in this regard has been issued by the Department of Site Supervision of Bangladesh Bank on Monday (April 12).
The circular, along with the chief executives of all scheduled banks operating in the country, said that all scheduled banks would be closed normally during the ban announced by the government. At this time all the officers / employees of the bank have to be at their respective workplaces.
It said that appropriate steps should be taken in consultation with the port / customs authorities to keep the branches / sub-branches / booths of the bank located in the sea / land / airport area (port and customs area) open.
In case of provision of banking services, the respective authorized dealer (AD) branches and the concerned departments of the head office may be kept open by a limited number of manpower as per the requirements of the respective banks.
The circular further said that in order to facilitate transactions through ATMs and cards, it is necessary to ensure adequate note supply at ATM booths with the help of the concerned administration and make necessary arrangements for round-the-clock internet banking facility where applicable. The directive will take effect on Wednesday (April 14).