Floor plan Example of a socially-distanced branch floor plan from Cook Security Group.

States have begun to reopen the economy and many financial institutions are seeing increases in customer/member traffic in their branches. For financial institutions that remained open or those that recently reopened, now is the time to assess the effectiveness of your safety strategy.  Financial institutions can expect to need this safety strategy for at least the next 24 months.  According to experts, COVID-19 is a risk until antibodies are present from a vaccine or recovery from the virus. An approved vaccine is still 12 to 18 months away and the millions of doses needed just for the U.S. will extend the time frame even further.

For branch locations, software programs aid the development of optimal social distancing design for employees and customers/members. Other components of the social distancing design include the following:

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