A total of 478 bank branches were closed in the last week, since Friday (7), because of cases of Covid-19 among employees, according to a survey by the Bank Workers Union of São Paulo, Osasco and region.
As the entity explained, when there is a positive case at the agency, it undergoes cleaning and needs to be closed for 12 hours.
The union survey also showed that at least 500 bank employees were confirmed with Covid-19, also in the last week, within the scope of its base.
The entity reported that it has acted to ensure that security protocols are respected, including the sanitization of the agency, removal of bank employees with suspected contamination and testing of nearby employees.
Faced with the worsening of the situation, the National Command of Bank Employees will meet next Tuesday (18) with the National Federation of Banks (Fenaban) to discuss the adoption of preventive measures to protect bank employees. One of the points that will be addressed is the resumption and expansion of remote work, which is no longer adopted by some banks, according to the representation of the category.
The Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban), to which Fenaban is integrated, reported that it does not have a survey of closed branches for sanitization due to cases of Covid-19. In a note, he said that “Brazilian banks have ensured the conditions of a work environment with maximum health protection for both employees and customers, having adopted strict health protection protocols”.
The protocols, according to the federation, include cleaning, distancing between workstations, controlling the number of people inside the agency and organizing queues so that there is no contact between customers themselves.
“In cases of contamination [por covid-19] confirmed, the agencies have been undergoing a new cleaning process since the beginning of the pandemic, in 2020. Such procedures remain in force, without any change. These closures vary daily and can occur for a few hours or even a day, depending on the size of the agency,” he added.
Reference: CNN Brasil