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BGMEA issues directives for garment factory opening

As for the workers with COVID-19 symptoms, they must be assured that they will not be fired for 14 days of self-quarantine

Amid the COVID-19 lockdown in Bangladesh, the garment and textile industry apex body Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has recently directed its member factories not to ask apparel workers who are in their villages to come to Dhaka until factory opening date is announced.

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Figure: One of the leading apparel factories of Bangladesh, Urmi Group is ensuring health safety and wellbeing for all employees across every facility.

To keep the lifeline of Bangladesh’s economy running, and seeing the overall condition BGMEA will advise on the opening of factories, BGMEA said.

BGMEA added to include workers who leave near the factory premises.

Among other guidelines BGMEA also said:

  1. Factory entering protocol according to WHO guidelines
  2. Separating entering and exit points
  3. Social distancing in lunch break
  4. Using markings to maintain social distancing at all times
  5. Worker transports maintaining social distancing and regular disinfection

It also urges its members to maintain contact with workers at all times to get notified as soon as possible if any health/other emergency issue arises.

As for the workers with COVID-19 symptoms, they must be assured that they will not be fired for 14 days of self-quarantine.

Also, all garment factories must keep in contact with the nearest hospitals to deal with any health situation.

Above all, BGMEA strongly said to ensure full-proof disinfection procedures in factory premises.

It also said that the factory opening date will be sent to members through email.

Earlier the government allowed factory operation and information on the return of workers. And extended the ongoing public holidays until May 5 to curve the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

It has also removed the conditional bar on industrial units operation by permitting factories, including pharmaceuticals and export-oriented manufacturing units, restarting operation by ensuring the health safety of workers, according to the circular issued by the public administration ministry on April 23.

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