BBVA USA has said that it will shutter approximately 637 branch lobbies to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Effective today, most BBVA branches will offer services only through drive-through and will be completely shut on Saturdays until further notice.

Branches without drive-through or in close proximity to branches with active drive-throughs will be closed.

The bank added that 5% of branches will operate with limited lobby hours three days a week. These will be locations without a drive-thru and are located over 10 miles from the next closest BBVA location.

BBVA USA retail head Larry Franco said: “This measure, in addition to others taken by the bank in recent days, is one way it is fulfilling its responsibilities to customers, employees and communities in these unprecedented times.

“This strategy enables us to provide vital services in 94% of our branches, while working safely and responsibly.”

“These are extraordinary times, but we feel confident that in taking this measure we are doing the right thing for our customers, employees and community.

BBVA has also advised customers to stay home and use online banking and the bank’s mobile banking app to carry out their transactions.

Banks around the world are working to keep their business running amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier this month, BBVA transferred almost 100 people from its trading floor in Madrid to a location outside the city.

Recently, the European Central Bank (ECB) also asked the majority of its 3,500 staff in Frankfurt to work from home to measure its coronavirus (COVID-19) preparations.

Last week,  HSBC Bank sent more than 100 employees home after a worker from the research department tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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