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Banco Popular on Tortola closes after staff tests positive for COVID-19

- Clients encouraged to follow the bank's FB page or listen to the radio for information on reopening
December 30th, 2021 | Tags: Banco Popular COVID-19 positive cases closure staff
Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that Banco Popular on Tortola is closed today, December 30, 2021, due to some members of staff allegedly testing positive for COVID-19. Photo: VINO/File
Representatives of the bank have been informing their clients to follow the facility's Facebook page or listen to the radio tomorrow morning, December 31, 2021, for information on its reopening. Photo: VINO/File
Representatives of the bank have been informing their clients to follow the facility's Facebook page or listen to the radio tomorrow morning, December 31, 2021, for information on its reopening. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that Banco Popular on Tortola is closed today, December 30, 2021, due to some members of staff allegedly testing positive for COVID-19.

The sudden closure can be considered a huge setback for some of its clients ahead of New Year’s Day. It is unclear when the banking facility will reopen to the public.

Representatives of the bank have been informing their clients to follow the facility's Facebook page or listen to the radio tomorrow morning for information on its reopening.

It was only on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, that Banco Popular announced that due to the current increase of COVID-19 cases within the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and [British] Virgin Islands (VI), starting Wednesday, December 29, 2021, branches and customer service centres will limit client entry to 5 – 10 persons, depending on the facility size and capacity.

Banco Popular reminded their clients that they can always count on the online banking tools available to conduct transactions such as: Mi Banco Mobile, Mi Banco Online, Mobile Easy Deposit and Mobile Withdrawal.

It had also said Automated Teller Machines and TeleBanco services will remain available 24 hours, seven days a week.

22 Responses to “Banco Popular on Tortola closes after staff tests positive for COVID-19”

  • Eat a food vip government (30/12/2021, 12:17) Like (51) Dislike (10) Reply
    So every time someone is tested positive these institutions will be shutting down? Dat makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
    • SMH (30/12/2021, 17:38) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
      @eat a food vIP government; It’s minded set people like you that doesn’t make any sense. once it’s ratchet and negative it makes sense; Once it’s to keep us safe it doesn’t. i’m soooooooo sick of your type of special ghetto minded people
    • Foolishness (30/12/2021, 21:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

      You sound like an educated @#%!!! Don’t you expect them to close down to sanitize and deep clean the area. Ayo always talking p!$$ like ayo ain’t got no kinda God damn sense.

  • Happy Holidays (30/12/2021, 12:33) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    So what else is new. Who is the next business to close behind employees popping up positive for COVID.
  • (30/12/2021, 12:39) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Poor man kind
  • Wow. (30/12/2021, 13:29) Like (89) Dislike (3) Reply
    We in trouble. When things should be getting better it getting worst.. So if tomorrow first bank or Republic Bank have a case operation wil be shut down. I am sure Banco is happy to shut down and be home because they never had the passion and desire to serve customers...
  • Sam (30/12/2021, 14:07) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    can you keep your money under the mattress: some of us have to catch up on election banking sit at home and do the banking
    • @Sam (30/12/2021, 15:34) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      I keep the majority of my money hidden in a tin can under a patch of grass in my yard for when I don’t have access to the bank. Grandpa taught me that.
  • See (30/12/2021, 14:19) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    More pathetic business practices by people who could care less
  • I’m saying (30/12/2021, 14:48) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    Every business place in the BVI HAVE THE COVID VIRUS LURKING IN THE CORNER. Be it bars, strip clubs, supermarket, banks, bakery and the list goes on and on. No one is safe from COVID. The invisible, order less tasteless virus.
  • @I’m saying (30/12/2021, 15:18) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    I hear you, COVID IS RAMPANT IN TORTOLA. Trust me, there is a lot of positive people in Tortola who know they have the virus but refuse to say anything out of shame but they are still going out and about like nothing infecting others. Those are the dangerous ones.
    • Just like (30/12/2021, 21:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The AIDS virus, plenty of people knew they were infected and they kept their mouths shut and was going around infecting others. Yes, a whole lot of people is infected with COVID right here in the BVI and they are going around infecting other people that is why the cases is rising.We we’re doing so well, as soon as curfew was lifted, people just started acting the fool like untrained wild animals released from their cages. Does it hurt to just wear a mask, social distance and keeping your hands clean and sanitized?
    • @@ I’m saying (31/12/2021, 08:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is one of the problems right there. They know they have the virus and stay quiet and go out in public and in places of business mask less infecting others. That is why the virus is spreading so fast. All businesses should mandate mask wearing when inside their business. No exceptions.
  • WOW (30/12/2021, 15:34) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can somebody please tell us what is going on with Schools Please, are they opening next week still? these are things we should now ahead of time and not last minute or today for tomorrow.
  • I am to the point (30/12/2021, 20:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where I am thinking about wearing a hazmat suit when I leave my home. CDC is recommending that no one should consider taking cruises vaccinated or not.
  • ndp klan (30/12/2021, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
    Lets hope that it wasn't the fuss laydee who infected the others
  • asking for a friend (30/12/2021, 23:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So I have to go through new year’s with no cash? Smdh
    • @asking for a friend (31/12/2021, 09:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Guess so or unless someone is willing to float you a loan. Good thing I listened to my parents who told me to always keep some cash hidden away in case of days like these. My parents don’t trust banks. I still don’t understand why people is still standing in lines at banks with a withdrawal slip to get their money.
  • Electronic (31/12/2021, 08:11) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Never understood why ayo people line up like sheep every day to get into these banks. Ever heard of mobile deposit? It’s almost 2022 and many of you still haven’t figured out electronic banking?
  • Hmm (31/12/2021, 08:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what you’re saying is, Banco Popular insanely crappy services will remain the exact same as before Covid-19?

    Worst staff ever, completely and utterly useless. Never seen a staff with such useless employees.
  • Thinker (31/12/2021, 16:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    And now government appointed Banco Popular as their sole bank??? Stupes. Not only will there be no service and lines three times around Wickham's Cay, but all their information will be in the hands of Uncle Sam


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