All the garment factories in Bangladesh will remain closed during the lockdown after Eid-ul-Azha, said BGMEA.
“The RMG factories will not open from July 23 for 14 days as the government announced a strict lockdown,” BGMEA vice president Shahidullah Azim told the Daily Sun on Monday.Earlier on July 13, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) was asked by the government to keep factories closed during the 14-day lockdown after Eid.
A strict lockdown will be observed from 23 July to August 5 to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Shahidullah Azim said all the garment factories have paid wages of June to their workers including festival bonuses ahead of Eid-ul Azha.
He said some 1,907 factories paid the wages while five factories were on the process to pay the wages within Tuesday.
“There are a total of 1,912 garment factories in the country, of which, 1,666 are located in Dhaka and 286 in Chattogram. Till Monday, all 1,912 factories have been brought under inspection,” the BGMEA vice president said.
The garment industry is the major contributor to the country’s export earnings.In the fiscal year 2020-21, Bangladesh earned $31.46 billion from the garment exports. The figure made around 81.16 percent of the total export.