HSBC has said in a strongly worded statement that anyone who refuses to wear a mask will have their bank account closed.
Jackie Uhi, head of branch network at HSBC UK told The Mirror, “Our branch colleagues are key workers, continuing to go to work in our branches every day so that customers who need them can access essential financial services
“Sadly, some people are failing to protect themselves, our branch colleagues and other customers by refusing to wear a face covering inside our branches or observe social distancing.”
She added, “Our colleagues deserve respect and should not have to face violent or abusive behaviour. Consider whether you need to visit the branch or could manage your banking from the safety of your home via our digital channels.
“If you do visit us, please wear a face covering and maintain a safe distance from others. If individuals put themselves or our colleagues at risk, without a medical exemption, we reserve the right to withdraw their account”