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Cambodian garment units re-open cautiously

Apr 01, 2021
Cambodian garment units re-open cautiously

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Garment factories in Cambodia that had suspended operations early April 2021 will be allowed to reopen with certain restrictions. The government had ordered the shutdown of the factories after thousands of workers had contracted the COVID-19 virus.

The government has released a document that color-codes cities based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the area. According to the document, work activities, businesses, and occupations in the Yellow Zones will be permitted from April 29th, with certain restrictions in place.

Ken Loo, Secretary-General, Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC), mentioned that he hoped the factories will be allowed to reopen but that the association has not received official information about this. He also added that the industry will receive the news with open arms as manufacturers have been struggling since last year because of the pandemic.

He further added that the garment industry is struggling with a lack of orders from countries like North America and Europe and since people are working from home, they are hardly frequenting malls. It is to be noted that GMAC issued a legal advisory this week to encourage employers to provide stipends for workers when factories were closed.

Source: khmertimeskh

Image source: Human Rights Watch

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