TO ALLAY public concerns following the Covid-19 transmission in one of the banks in Cebu, the Cebu Bankers Club (CBC) has assured its clients of the strict protocol implemented to keep them safe from the virus.
In a statement, the CBC reiterated that banks fully adhere to government-mandated health protocol as they continue their banking operations.
“The Cebu Bankers Club assures our depositing public that banks in Cebu remain to be safe while providing essential financial services to its clients. If the bank is open, that bank is safe,” said CBC president Romeo Comabig in an interview Monday, Sept. 14.
The banking organization cited safety measures like the mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields for bank personnel and clients while inside the branch.
Body temperature is also checked before entering the branch while a logbook is available for contact tracing.
The CBC said alcohol and hand sanitizers are available at the entrance and strategic locations in the lobby and transparent plastic/acrylic barriers are placed in between clients and bank personnel.
Only a limited number of clients are allowed inside the branch to observe social distancing and staggered lunch breaks for branch personnel are being observed. Communal food items are not allowed.
Comabig also stressed that bank personnel are not allowed to cross over to other branches to mitigate the spread of infection.
“If the personnel must really cross over banks, he needs to complete a 14-day quarantine,” he said.
If a branch is compromised, the branch undergoes deep disinfection while the exposed personnel submit to an immediate swab test and self-quarantine.
Recently, a bank in Cebu City has been put under granular lockdown after 12 of its employees tested positive for coronavirus.
The 12 bank employees are among the 39 new positive cases reported on Sept. 9, 2020.
Comabig said the reported Covid-19 transmission is an isolated case.
“Their respective bank management has done immediate actions by disinfecting the premises and observing lockdown for several days in compliance with the standard health protocol for the safety of the banking community,” he said.
Ever since the height of the pandemic in the past five months, Comabig said the banking industry in Cebu has been maintaining the highest health standards to adhere to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Moreover, Comabig encouraged the banking public to take advantage of the banks’ online banking services for contactless transactions.
“This will not only protect them from the risk of getting the infection but will give them ease and convenience while banking from home or office, especially now that the bank fees are waived,” he added. (JOB)