Different organisations yesterday protested the government decision to reopen factories from today. They said it was a very imprudent decision to open the factories without ensuring public transport for workers and their health security.
Garment workers today blocked Rangpur-Dhaka highway for four hours after they failed to get transport on their way to Dhaka, following the sudden decision to reopen export-oriented factories from tomorrow.
As the government has decided to allow all export-oriented factories to open from tomorrow, thousands of garment workers are returning to workplaces in Gazipur amid a nationwide lockdown, raising fears of Covid-19 transmission.
Amid the rising number of Covid-19 infections and deaths, the nationwide “strict lockdown” seems to be loosening up as public and vehicular movement on the streets of Dhaka and elsewhere continues to increase with each passing day.
A few weeks ago, the photo of 65-year-old Asiya Begum -- a house-help who was walking for two hours, wading through ankle-deep water, to reach her home at Hemayetpur from her employer’s house at the capital’s Lalmatia -- went viral on social media.