Banks and credit unions staying busy during COVID-19

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — You may have noticed long lines at fast food restaurants and another kind of business is also experiencing long wait times.

Bank and credit union drive-thrus are coping with COVID-19 guidelines to practice social distancing. One community credit union says they see a lot of traffic during a normal day.

But with the lobby closed and the drive-thru the only option to speak to a teller, the bank has had to come up with ways to handle the high volume of vehicles.

“We have our guy come in the morning, our maintenence man, and he sets up the cones for us in the morning so that we have the two lanes and try to keep people in those lanes so that everything run smooth,” Chris George, Branch Manager, Choice One Community Credit Union said.

Officials ask for patience since tellers have been working non-stop, especially now that stimulus checks are arriving.

They also say they’re constantly cleaning the tubes with wipes to keep everything sanitary.

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