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Banks Close As A Precaution

Three banks in the heart of Suva City took precautionary measures yesterday and closed their doors for business. ANZ, HFC Bank and Westpac Fiji main branch advised customers to use
03 Jun 2017 10:32
Banks Close As A Precaution
The ANZ Bank, closed for business due to the asbestos threat except BSP Bank that was the only bank operating in Suva on Friday 2nd, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Three banks in the heart of Suva City took precautionary measures yesterday and closed their doors for business.

ANZ, HFC Bank and Westpac Fiji main branch advised customers to use other branches in the Suva-Nausori corridor.

ANZ Fiji country head Saud Minam said: “As a precautionary measure ANZ House in Suva is currently closed in light of the asbestos contamination at the Suva Civic Centre as announced by the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations.

“The safety of our staff and customers is paramount.”

All impacted staff worked from alternative sites.

Customers in Suva were advised to visit branches in Tappoo City, Lami, Centrepoint or Nausori for their banking needs.

“We will continue to assess the situation and make a decision on when to reopen ANZ House as more information comes to hand,” Mr Minam said.

Westpac notified their customers through social media about the closure of its main branch.

“Due to the asbestos hazard from the Suva Civic Centre construction site, Westpac Suva branch and Westpac Central Street Branches will be closed for business on Friday June 2 2017.

Branches outside the Suva Central bank district operated normally.

HFC Bank chief executive Raj Sharma said they were optimistic about opening on Monday.

“We have our internet banking and ATMs available for all customers,” he said.

“They were notified and diverted to other branches around Suva but we had closed the main branch,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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