President task force on Covid-19 directs banks to reopen all branches
The task force set up by the federal government to help contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has directed commercial lenders to resume full operations across the country.
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF), headed by the Secretary to the federal government, Boss Mustapha and coordinated by Sani Aliyu said banks should no longer select branches to reopen.
“We (PTF) have said banks can fully resume. They no longer have to select the branches to open.” national coordinator of the task force Sani Aliyu said.
Banks were asked to open from 8 am to 2 pm daily while observing the new restrictions put in place by the government.
“That is six hours but there will be the usual restrictions. For instance, self-distancing and the use of temperature monitors, hand hygiene and making sure the capacities of banking halls are restricted so that people do not come together,” Aliyu said in May.
Businesses, excluding essentials, were shut in Lagos, Ogun, and the nation’s capital Abuja in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and the imposition of lockdown by the government to contain the spread of the virus.
The government directed the partial lifting of the restrictions in May, but with limit on how many branches and number of staff expected to resume work.