Banks prepare for upcoming week

By FROM STAFF REPORTS,

As communities grapple with the notion of a prolonged spring break in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, commerce will undoubtedly be affected in cities large and small in the coming days.

Community Bank and Planters Bank & Trust have both released statements on their response plans to the coronavirus.

While the situation is fluid, both banks say they will be open next week, but they encourage customers to utilize the online components of banking as much as possible.

“At Planters Bank, we consider our customers as part of our family and your health and well-being is important to us,” the Saturday statement from Planters said. “For the past one hundred years, you have relied on us for your banking needs, and we are committed to providing access for all your financial services. Our branches will be open for customers, but we encourage you to use our online banking, mobile app and EZ-TOUCH telephone banking for 24-hour access to your accounts. Also remember that we have convenient drive up windows and ATM’s for your banking needs.”

A retirement celebration that had been scheduled for Thursday for longtime Planters Bank executive Weldon Aultman has been postponed. The bank said Saturday it will notify the community of the new date for the celebration at a later date.

Community Bank also provided alternatives for customers in its statement.

“Here at Community Bank our highest priorities are the health and safety of our staff, our customers, and the well-being of the communities we serve,” Community Bank President & CEO Chuck Nicholson said in a statement Saturday. “To that end, like many banks, we have activated our Pandemic Contingency Plan as a precautionary step in response to COVID-19. Our Plan follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities in the areas we serve. Implementing the plan ensures that we have the right level of resources and risk management devoted to the health and safety of both our staff and customers during this time of public health and economic stress. We are committed to providing the service and support you depend on daily. With that, our contingency plan ensures that all critical business functions will be sustained at all times. While each of our locations remain open, we encourage you to leverage our digital options that allow you to access your accounts to view balances, make transfers, make mobile deposits, or send payments via our P2P feature.”

Note: If your business has been disrupted by COVID-19, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at bdavis@enterprise-tocsin.com

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