The Health Ministry has decided not to allow the garment workers, who have rejoined the factories recently, to go to their village homes during Eid-ul-Fitr.
If any worker goes to the village by any means, s/he will have to stay in 14-day quarantine at home and won't be allowed to rejoin the factory.
Besides, health guidelines are not follow in 30 percent of the garment factories, said Additional Inspector General of Police (Industrial Police) Abdus Salam in a meeting.
The decisions were taken in a meeting with garment owners, chaired by Health Minister Zahid Maleque on May 3.
According to the meeting decision, Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj will be divided in three zones as there are relatively more garment factories and number of coronavirus patients. None from these areas should be allowed to move to another places. Even the workers won't be allowed to leave the area during Eid.
Mostafa Kamal, Senior Secretary of Public Security Division under Ministry of Home Affairs, said none will be granted leave during Eid.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Rubana Huq said, three hospitals with 500 beds have been kept ready for treatment of coronavirus infected garment workers. People who came into contact with the infected workers, have been sent to 14-day quarantine.
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association's (BKMEA) First Vice President Hatem Ali said, workers are using public transports including auto rickshaws, three-wheelers to go the factories posing risk of being infected, which is out of control of factory owners. But, health guidelines are being followed during entry, exit and inside the factories.