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Commercial banks close all branches over weekend to prevent overcrowding

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Commercial banks close all branches over weekend to prevent overcrowding

Kasikornbank, Siam Commercial Bank, Krungthai Bank and TMB-Thanachart Bank announced on Friday (March 27) that they would close all branches nationwide on Saturday and Sunday (March 28-29), while electronic services would remain available.

According to Krungthai Bank's announcement, the closure decision was made to promote social distancing amid the escalating Covid-19 outbreak and to prevent overcrowding at branches. A large turnout of people is expected to register for the government's cash handout of Bt5,000 per month.

The cash handout campaign will last three months starting April, providing Bt5,000 cash per month to those who are not under social security system (eg temporary employees, freelancers, self-employed persons) and affected by the government's closure order of business venues.

The bank said in the announcement that people should register online to receive their Bt5,000 at www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com from 8pm March 28 onwards, while the registration result will be sent via SMS or registered mail.

All branches of the abovementioned banks will open again on March 30.

nationthailand.com
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thaiga

Banks set to reopen on Monday

Banks will reopen on Monday March 30) after closing during the weekend in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19, a statement issued by the Bank of Thailand, Thai Bankers' Association and a club of the state-owned banks said.

However, two services -- opening of new bank accounts and opening of Promptpay accounts -- will not be available.

Customers are advised to get those services via ATM or online banking. State-owned banks will not service for registration for the government cash handout scheme as people could only register at the website www.เราไม่ทิ้งกั http://xn--q3c.com/

As as of 6pm on Sunday, 17.2 million people had registered for cash handouts, nearly six times higher than the estimated three million. Each person will get Bt5,000 a month for three months if found eligible. Self-employed people such as taxi drivers, vendors, tour guides and other odd jobs are eligible for direct cash payment from the government.

Meanwhile, Sommai Siriudomset spokesperson of the Revenue Department assured that no back tax probes will be launched against those who register for cash handouts.

The rumour of back tax checking is groundless as the department understands the predicament of the people affected by the coronavirus outbreak, she added.

Individuals are allowed to delay annual tax payment until the end of August. They could also get tax reduction on health premiums up to Bt25,000 from Bt15,000. The department is also waiving tax for medical personnel on their income generated from dealing with Covid-19.

nationthailand.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

Banks to resume full services from April 7

All banks will resume normal services on Tuesday (April 7), including opening new accounts and PromptPay registration services that had been temporarily suspended since last week to reduce crowding at the banks' branches in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

full article nationthailand.com
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