Banks asked to restore normal banking activities

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:05, Aug 18,2020


The Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday asked the country’s scheduled banks to restore normal banking activities and to ensure seamless banking activities by scrapping roster-based weekly duty of bank employees.

The central bank issued a circular in this regard on the day with an immediate effect, scrapping a number of provisions in its previous circular issued in March to facilitate banking transactions and services during a nationwide shutdown from March 29 to May 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The central bank earlier had asked the banks to introduce weekly roster for the bank employees by dividing them into two groups.

The banks, however, were also asked on Tuesday to grant leave to the employees who would be infected with coronavirus and to the pregnant female employees based on medical certificates.

The BB revoked the provision of mandatory 14 days quarantine for the employees with coronavirus-infection symptoms and for the staff who would come in contact with the coronavirus-infected individuals.

On Tuesday, the central bank also instructed the banks to restore evening banking services along with the regular banking activities.

The banks were also asked to conduct weekend banking activities in usual manner.

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