BKMEA president also asks factory authorities to instruct workers to remain put during the holiday
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) has directed all of its members to remain closed till April 4 to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak in the country.
BKMEA President AKM Salim Osman made the announcement via a press release on Friday.
He said: "If people survive, then the industries will survive and bring prosperity for the country. For the sake of country, the government has ordered to shut all the organizations now."
Mentioning Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's incentive package for export-oriented industries, Salim Osman said following the government's decision, instructions have been issued to close all knitwear factories till April 4.
He also asked the factory authorities to instruct their workers to remain where they are during this time to curb coronavirus spread.
Meanwhile, the president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Rubana Huq, had urged the owners to consider closing their factories on Thursday.
Until now, Bangladesh has recorded a total of 48 Covid-19 cases and reported five deaths.