Scotiabank Jamaica closes New Kingston branch amid coronavirus concern

Scotiabank has closed its New Kingston branch following news that one of Jamaica’s two confirmed cases of the coronavirus had contact with staff members there during a visit.

Scotiabank Jamaica’s headquarters in downtown Kingston, Jamaica.

In a release, the bank said the employees who came in contact with the confirmed coronavirus patient have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Further, the company said it is working with the Health Ministry to get affected staff members tested and “ensure all appropriate protocols are observed.”

Scotiabank said its affected office will be professionally cleaned and disinfected and will not be reopened until it is safe to do so. “Our main priority is the safety of our employees and customers.”

Further, it advised customers to use other branches convenient to them for business while the New Kingston location is closed.

“We also strongly encourage customers who have not yet signed up for online banking to do so at this time to avail themselves of our digital banking options which can be used from anywhere at any time. We sincerely apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.”

Jamaica has confirmed two imported cases of the novel coronavirus which has infected 127,141 globally and left 4,708 dead.