Scotiabank halts all non-essential travel as coronavirus spreads: Bloomberg News

FILE PHOTO: A woman leaves a Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) branch in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

(Reuters) - Bank of Nova Scotia BNS.TO has suspended all non-essential business travel as the coronavirus outbreak spreads worldwide, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.

Canada’s third biggest lender told its nearly 100,000 employees of its decision, which applies to both domestic and international travel effective immediately, the report said, citing people familiar with the memo.

Any exceptions require approval from an executive vice president, the report added.

Late on Thursday, Wall Street lender JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM.N issued global restrictions on non-essential travel to protect its employees and business from the coronavirus epidemic.

Scotiabank did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Reporting by C Nivedita in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber