The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) has allowed its member factories to take a call if they would like to open and start functioning again, as per media reports.
This follows its earlier decision to ask member factories to remain shut till 4 April in accordance with the Government’s decision to do so in view of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country that has infected around 62 people in Bangladesh till the time of filing of the report.
The Government, however, later decided to extend the period of closure till 9 April.
“It is your own decision whether you keep your respective units closed or open. If you decide to open, it is at your own risk and responsibility towards workers,” underlined the traders’ body in a statement issued.
The BKMEA further called upon its members to ensure workers’ wages for the month of March is disbursed notwithstanding if the factory concerned is operating or closed.