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May 22, 2020

Banking During a Pandemic

I have been trying to avoid going out anywhere, even to grocery stores, but a pile of refund checks (cancelled utilities, refunded school field trips) were piling up, so a visit to the bank was inevitable.

The bank I use does not have mobile deposits, and although I knew I could use an ATM, I didn't want to touch any buttons.

Thankfully, the bank I go to has outdoor walk-up tellers, and I was able to use one of them.  Glass partitions were already a part of the set-up, but inside glass partitions were also set up to protect both staff and customers.

There were signs and tape markings on the ground, as well as an employee outside the bank directing people, but when the employee was not outside (eg if she had to go inside to assist), there was confusion all around (even I was first confused as to where to go when I first arrived).  People would ask me if I was waiting for the ATM, others would simply walk inside even though there was a line of people and a sign stating to wait for the next available teller.

But I appreciated all the efforts (hand sanitizers, doors being left open) and the friendly staff, and all other customers were very patient as well.

It's a new world we live in, and I'm slowly getting less scared to enter it.

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