Governor: Island banks closed during ‘stricter’ PCOR 1; online and ATM banking only

A long line snaked around the Bank of Guam in Tamuning of residents waiting to cash their stimulus checks.

There will be no in-person banking on Guam under the added PCOR 1 restrictions.

Adelup says unlike the rest of the island’s “lockdown” that begins at 12 pm Friday, this specific restriction for banks will go into effect at close-of-business Saturday, Aug. 22. Banks must comply beginning Monday with the closures.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero made the banking situation clear in a Friday morning interview with K57’s Patti Arroyo.

“No face-to-face customers, no going to the bank to line up for a week,” said the Governor. She says all banking will have to be done online or by ATM only.

The restrictions will apply to not only local banks, but any branch that is on the civilian parts of Guam.

There will be no drive-thru service for banks as well.

“They can do online banking, they can do ATM banking, they just can’t do any customer-facing banking,” she confirmed.

As for those receiving paychecks or unemployment checks, the Governor said: “They’ll get their checks and they’ll have to cash it either at the grocery stores or somewhere … Kmart and such places. So yes, banks will remain closed for face-to-face service.”

The Governor estimates that 80-90% of island residents are doing online banking in some way and have ATM service.

“I’m sorry but I have to do this,” said the Governor.