Financial institutions will remain closed on Sunday and Wednesday next week as part of the government plan for reining in the soaring cases of coronavirus, the central bank said Thursday.
Their office hours, however, have been extended on several other days so that clients can avail financial services smoothly.
Clients will be served from 10am to 3pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, according to the central bank notice. Currently, financial institutions are operating from 10am to 2pm.
On Wednesday, the Bangladesh Bank issued similar directives to banks. Banking hours have been extended by one hour to 10am to 2:30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday next week.
Earlier, the central bank said that banks and financial institutions would be open for customers on a limited scale during the ongoing 14-day strict restrictions on movement, which will end on 5 August.
The central bank has now given this latest decision for both banks and non-bank financial institutions as the infection rate from the highly contagious virus is rising.