Q: Filing Applications. Does the FDIC require financial institutions impacted by COVID- 19 to file applications for temporary office closures?
A: No. The FDIC does not require an application to temporarily close a facility due to staffing challenges or to take precautionary measures. For example, some institutions may wish to limit foot traffic within a branch and provide services only through the drive-through lanes. The FDIC supports flexible approaches and encourages financial institutions to maintain a safe environment for their employees, reduce disruptions to their customers, provide alternative service options when practical, and reopen affected facilities when it is safe to do so.
However, financial institutions should check with their state regulator to determine whether state laws and regulations require applications to be filed. While no official application is required by the FDIC, affected financial institutions are encouraged to notify their primary federal and state regulator and their customers of temporary closure of an institution’s facilities and the availability of any alternative service options as soon as practical.
This Q&A was contained in the Frequently Asked Questions for Financial Institutions Affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Referred to as COVID-19) – As of March 3, 2021 (which may be updated from time to time). This may be found on the FDIC’s website here: https://www.fdic.gov/Coronavirus/faq-fi.pdf.