The situation is getting worse — tourists are being hit with big charges, while locals are panicking that the banks won’t reopen any time soon.
The government shuttered banks and placed a €60 (£42.30, $US66.40) daily cash withdrawal limit for citizens at the weekend after announcing plans for a referendum on bailout proposals this Sunday (July 5).
It has led to crazy, long queues, pensioners crying on the streets, and panic from people that the banks still won’t reopen on Monday.
On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, one Greek bank employee told the show:
“We speak to our clients, some of whom are crying. The government said we’ll be open next Tuesday but I don’t believe that will happen. I think it will take much longer to open banks again. They don’t have cash, they won’t be able to give any money to clients.”
Even though tourists are not affected by daily withdrawal limits, some are now reporting that Greek banks are hitting them with big charges, when going to the ATM.
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