Ian Alleyne at his studios in Chaguanas 

Eighteen staffers of the First Citizens bank in Chaguanas have been directed to go into home quarantine, following talk-show host, Ian Alleyne’s visit to the branch last week.

Alleyne interacted directly with nine staffers when he visited the branch as a high-value commercial customer.

But nine others were quarantined because they came into contact with surfaces that Alleyne or their colleagues touched.

The majority state-owned bank used close circuit video footage to determine which staffers were quarantined.

First Citizens consulted with the Ministry of Health before taking the decision to quarantine the employees.

The branch was closed today and will remain closed until further notice, inconveniencing scores of customers seeking to do business close to month-end.