The government of Bangladesh again reinstated a set of restrictions following the rising cases of COVID-19 infection in the country. But the country’s readymade garment (RMG) industry will function with a full workforce by firmly following the health safety procedures issued by the govt.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Dr. Rubana Huq said, “The factories will operate as usual through maintaining the full safety protocols. This has been communicated to the authorities concerned.”
While the BGMEA in a circular directed all its members to strictly maintain the entry and exit for the workers to evade the mass at the gates.
the BGMEA circular said the 2nd wave of COVID-19 has started before fully overcoming the first wave. The infection rate of the RMG industry was only 0.03% and the infection could be controlled due to the cooperative measures and maintaining the health safety guidelines in factories properly, it added.
BGMEA also requested its members to strictly follow the health safety protocol and factory opening guidelines to ensure workers’ health safety.
Labor Secretary KM Abdus Salam said they have sent the instructions to the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) for monitoring the situation.
Responding to a question about garment factory operation with 50 percent workforce, he said they would discuss the issue with all concerned, including the RMG factory owners, and take required measures.
“As Tuesday was a holiday, we will discuss it with all concerned on Wednesday and take required measures accordingly,” he told.