Greek banks reopen but frustrations and restrictions remain

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By Euronews
Greek banks reopen but frustrations and restrictions remain

<p>Greek banks reopened on Monday after being closed for three weeks but many restrictions remain.</p> <p>The limit on cash withdrawals stays at sixty euros a day, capped at 300 euros this week. That will be raised next week to 420 euros.</p> <p>Customers may not cash cheques, only deposit them, and can not buy anything online. </p> <p>Businesses need special approval to pay for imports. </p> <p>Some customers reported that many bank branches were not ready for business which resulted in frustrated customers. </p> <p>One customer commented, “…withdrawals, cheques, whatever a business needs to operate properly still has a problem. I hope step by step we will get back to normal.”</p> <p>“Frustrated? I cannot describe it. Why? Because the people that organised this have no brains at all… I’ve been here two or three hours,” said another.</p> <p>“I lost my place in line, because people pushed in front of me, there was nowhere to sit, my legs are aching,” said a customer who said he had been at the branch for an hour and a half. </p> <p>Banks said customers should expect “minor delays” after they closed to save the system from collapsing under a flood of withdrawals .. but they expect services to return to normal.</p>