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Banks, Credit Unions Close Lobbies During Coronavirus Outbreak

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Credit unions and banks across the state are closing lobbies and using only drive-up windows during this coronavirus outbreak.The North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union made the announcement in a video statement on its website.

“You should know that our branches are open and available but we are restricting services to drive-thru only," President and CEO Mike Lord said. "This measure is being taken to reduce the potential for transmission of the virus to you, your family and to our employees.”

State Employees’ Credit Union has more than 2.4 million members and 1,100 ATM machines. Starting today, Coastal Credit Union, with 23 branches in central North Carolina, will close all of its branch lobbies. Only using drive-up and vestibule tellers.

And PNC Bank is closing about a quarter of its branches. Many of those remaining open will only use drive-up windows and designated days for essential appointments.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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