Bank workers union Etyk has asked the central bank to shut branches for two days to give time for measures to be put in place to protect staff and customers from the coronavirus.
Etyk has also urged the central bank to instruct lenders to deposit all their cash at the end of each day to avoid spreading the virus.
In a letter to Central Bank Governor Constantinos Herodotou, Etyk has asked for a two-day bank holiday to give time for measures to be put in place to protect people working and visiting branches.
It is also asking the CBC to take all the paper currency and coins from banks at the end of each day and supply them with ‘clean’ money to put back in circulation.
Hellenic Bank said Sunday it was shutting down certain branches as part of measures to fight the spread.
The lender urged customers to visit branches only if necessary and use Hellenic’s digital services instead.
The bank said it will also apply additional measures at branches in the coming days, including strict control of customer flow, thermal scanning, and dividers between tellers and customers.
Branches and other buildings will be disinfected, over and above the daily cleaning process.
Bank of Cyprus said it was also applying measures to control the flow of people inside its branches. It was also putting special signs on the floor to help people keep their distance from the tellers, and was stepping up daily cleaning.
Antiseptic dispensers have been placed at branch entrances and staff who want to, will be given latex gloves.