Noida: All banks in Uttar Pradesh from Thursday until May 15, will remain open for customers for only four hours on working days. The decision was taken on Wednesday at a meeting of the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) held via video conferencing. The fresh timings of the banks for customers will now be from 10 am to 2 pm. However, the banks will be functioning for internal work till 4 pm, said SLBC officials.Also Read - Thieves Perform Pooja Before Looting Gold & Cash Worth Rs 34 Lakh From Kerala Bank, Leave Note For Police

Officials further added that the the decision can be extended beyond May 15 after assessing the COVID-19 situation in the state. The United Forum of Banks Union spokesperson, Anil Tiwari, said: “The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to protect bank employees. Only 50 per cent of the staff will work daily on a rotation basis. The new rule will be implemented in all public and private banks from Thursday.” Also Read - Death Toll Rises To 12 After Blast In Underground Sewage System Rips Through Bank In Pakistan's Karachi

SLBC is a state level body comprising general managers and senior employees of public and private banks in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - Citibank: Net Banking Services Including Mobile Banking, IVR Services, Likely To be Down Tomorrow | Know More