National banks nationwide to close earlier, at 3:30 PM. and at 5:00 PM, to “help reduce Covid-19 spread” in recent outbreak

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All national banks will be closing earlier at 3:30 P.M. and at 5:00 P.M. for banks in department stores across the country, effective tomorrow, April 16th, Thailand’s State Financial Institutions Association announced today.

The new closing hours are implemented by the State Financial Institutions Association and its members in line with the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health and related government agencies to potentially reduce the risk of the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus in the current outbreak.

According to the announcement, national banks may consider closing some of their branches temporarily, particularly in the high-risk areas as announced by the provincial government. ATMs and electronic channels will still be at service for all customers. They can update the list of closed branches on particular bank websites.

The adjustment of the closing time of bank branches nationwide will be starting from April 16. Branches in department stores or branches that open for service for seven days will be closed at 5:00 PM. while other branches will be at 3:30 PM.

Each branch must limit service channels and the number of customers in the branch in line with social distancing measures. If any branch is reported with an infected employee and/or customer, the branch must be closed for immediate cleaning and have all of their employees in close contact with the patient tested for infection and perform self-quarantine.

Such measures are crucial for the safety of both employees and customers in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The State Financial Institutions Association said that the banks will resume their normal services as soon as the pandemic situation resolves.


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