Banks in 'red zone' areas will remain closed as lockdown will be enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus.
A circular of Bangladesh Bank said the banks will generally keep their operations off in the red zone areas to be declared by the health directorate, city corporation or district administration.
"But if there is any separate instruction from the authorities concerned, they can operate in a limited scope from 10am to 12:30pm and keep the branches open until 1:30pm to do their own activities," said the circular issued on Monday night.
It said the decision was taken against the backdrop of the health directorate's "Bangladesh Risk Zone-Based Covid-19 Containment Implementation Strategy/Guide" declaration.
But the head offices of the banks located in the red zones will remain open from 10:00am to 4:00pm with the help of the administration, to facilitate the operation of their other branches.
The branches of banks located in Motijheel and Dilkhusha of Dhaka and Agrabad and Khatunganj of Chattogram will remain open from 10:00am to 2:00pm for transactions and until 3:00pm for their back-office operations.
Banks will remain open in the yellow and green zones from 10:00am to 2:00pm for transactions and until 4:00pm for back-office activities, said the BB circular.