Banking transactions have been extended by half an hour more, until 3:30pm, as lockdown owing to corona pandemic was extended until July 15.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) issued a circular on Wednesday where it said that banks would serve customers for five and a half hours from 10:00am every working day, apart from government holidays.
As per the BB’s instructions, banks are allowed to keep their office open till 5:00pm to complete transaction-related tasks after serving customers till the stipulated banking hours.
Banks were previously operating from 10:00am to 3:00pm, while before the pandemic, they operated from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The BB circular said all other instructions would remain unchanged as per the circular of April 13.
The April 13 circular said banks can keep one non-AD branch open within a 2km radius in the city corporation areas and at Upazila. In addition, the level one branch of each bank can remain open on Thursday, Sunday, and Tuesday.
According to the same circular, banks have to ensure the operation of ATM booths by supplying adequate cash in the machines to facilitate card transactions, while evening banking and weekly holiday banking activities will remain closed until further notice.