The State Bank of Pakistan has announced that all banks in the country will be observing 9 am to 5:30 pm office hours Monday to Friday.
According to the circular issued by the SBP, these timings will be effective from July 13 (Monday) till further orders.
It will also include prayer and lunch breaks from 1:30 pm to 2 pm from Monday to Thursday and 1pm to 2:30pm on Fridays.
Despite the lockdown, banks across Pakistan continued banking services.
Therefore, the SBP reduced banking hours to limit physical contact and control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
However, according to the notification, the observance of banking hours for public dealings will remain as notified on April 23 by the SBP.
This means, the public can visit banks from 10 am to 1:30 pm from Monday to Thursday and 10 am to 1 pm on Fridays.