The government of Bangladesh allowed factories that are export-oriented to resume operation on August 1 despite the continuing tight lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.
After factory owners had urged Prime Minister David Cameron to relax restrictions on garments industries and allow them to reopen, the Cabinet Division announced the decision on July 30.
According to the factory owners, prolonged closures could result in a loss of market share, supply chain breakdowns, congestion at ports, and a negative effect on the overall economy.
It is not clear how workers will return to their jobs from their home villages or towns where they went to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha prior to the lockdown. The restrictions on public transport will continue until August 5.
Thousands of workers were forced to walk miles to get to work during the coronavirus lockdown, which began in 2020.