Dr Rubana Huq, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has recommended all its member factories to keep their units closed until April 04 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
BGMEA took the decision today in an emergency meeting with its board members.
She said in a message that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave specific guidance to fight COVID-19 and asked to take cautionary steps for the safety and wellbeing of everyone.
BGMEA reached the decision a day after the government announced Tk 50 billion in virus fund to be used only for paying wages and allowances to the workers and other employees of the export oriented industries, reports the Financial Express.
This money will be used for providing the salaries and wages of workers and employees only.
Rubana also said, “Factories, if they decide to keep it open will have to ensure maximum safety and hygiene for their workers and will have to keep them open and take responsibility of their workers.”
According to BGMEA, some 959 factories reported 826.42 million pieces worth $2.67 billion export orders were cancelled and held up by global buyers until Thursday.
Besides, authorities of some 38 garment factories shut their units due to coronavirus pandemic, the trade body informed.