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he American economyis beginning to reopen,and so too are somecredit union branches.
A few of those branches belong to the Huntsville, Ala.-basedRedstone Federal Credit Union,which has $5.5 billion in assetsand about 486,000 members.The credit union closed its 26 lo-cations in Alabama and Tennessee on March 21.
As in the rest of the country,the last several weeks have beenstomach-churning for people inAlabama and Tennessee. Alabama’s stay-at-home order tookeffect on April 4; entertainmentvenues, athletic facilities, close-contact service providers, beach-es and other venues were shutdown on March 28. In Tennessee,a stay-at-home order took effecton March 31.
Now, many states are beginning to restart portions of theireconomies, and that’s allowing some credit unions to thinkabout branch reopenings – including Redstone, which said itreopened all but its high schooland university branches on April27.
As is the case for many orga-
nizations, the steps forward are
gradual. According to its web-
site, Redstone branch staff mem-
bers must wear face masks and
members are encouraged to do
the same. Members don’t have
to make appointments to visit a
branch, but for now Redstone is
limiting the number of members
allowed inside at any one time,
and members will have to stay six
feet away from one another once
inside. Plexiglass sneeze guards
are in place at each teller station
and desk as well.
“The health and well-being of
our members and employees re-
mains a top priority as we contin-
ue to practice appropriate social
distancing measures,” the credit
union said on its website. Red-
stone did not respond to a request
for comment about its reopening.
Like many other credit unions
around the country, Redstone is
part of a new national conversa-
tion about when and how to re-
open branches, businesses and
venues. And it isn’t the only credit
union that’s testing the waters.
The Anchorage, Alaska-based
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
has also reopened branches. The
credit union, which has $8.5 bil-
lion in assets and about 681,000
members, said it opened most of
its 68 branches to the public at
least five days a week starting on
April 29. Alaska USA has branches
in Alaska, Arizona, California and
“The health and safety of our
members and employees remains
a top priority. All branch locations
have installed glass sanitary bar-
riers for safe member-employee
interactions, and social distancing
rules will be followed to at all times,”
it said in a statement on its website.
The State of Alaska implementeda stay-at-home order on March 28.Parts of its Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan took effect on April 24. n
‘All branch locationshave installed glasssanitary barriers forsafe member-employeeinteractions, and socialdistancing rules will befollowed to at all times.’