Despite Covid threat, people violate social distancing norm

Despite Covid threat, people violate social distancing norm

Poeple wait for their turn outside SBI Bank in Bathinda on Friday. Tribune photo

Bathinda, April 3

The lockdown advisory went for a toss on Friday as hundreds of people gathered outside banks in the city to withdraw their pension money. People started gathering outside banks 9.30 am onwards.

Those visiting the banks had to not only stand in long queues, but also go through several checkpoints on their way due to the curfew.

Banks in rural areas usually see a good number of retirees visiting banks to withdraw money in the first week of every month. A majority of them are not comfortable with using digital channels and therefore, visit the bank branches in person. Moreover on Friday, banks opened after a gap of several days, so the huge crowd was not unexpected.

While some banks made sure that customers maintain social distance while standing in queues, others ignored it totally. Though two cops were deployed outside all banks, they proved helpless in managing the huge rush of customers. Gurdeep Singh, a retired official, said: “I have come here to get withdraw my pension money. The huge rush reminded me of the demonetisation days when people stood in long queues outside banks.”

Chairs put up outside banks

Muktsar: After reports that Covid safety guidelines were not followed by people a few days ago, some banks on Friday put up chairs at some gap for customers waiting for their turn in queues. A number of people appreciated the step and thanked bank officials. — TNS

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