Factories, SMEs in Yangon allowed to reopen after passing inspections

The government will allow factories and small businesses in Yangon to resume operations on October 12 after they pass inspections meant to gauge if they are compliant with guidelines imposed by the health and sports ministry.

According to a notice by the Ministry of Health and Sports released on Saturday [October 10], Cut-Make-Pack factories, workshops and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be allowed to restart work after obtaining approval from the National Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19.

This will involve passing Yangon regional government checks on whether the businesses have made preparations to follow the necessary health guidelines and scoring “Grade-A” in COVID-19 prevention.

However, stay-at-home orders may still apply in townships high COVID-19 infection rates, the notice said. It added that it is equally necessary to adjust the health restrictions to ensure that workers do not lose their jobs and that businesses continue to operate in those areas.

The guidelines and COVID-19 prevention instructions for factories, workshops, workplaces and departments have already been published by the health ministry, the notice said.

The ministry had announced earlier that starting September 21 the whole if Yangon Region, except for Cocokyun township, will have to follow stay-home order as an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The instruction also applied to factories, which were forced to close. CMP workers are to remain at home September 24 to October 7. Only essential businesses were allowed to continue operations.

Last week, the government extended the ban on CMP factory workers from going to work to October 21.

The authorities had been attempting to bring down the number of cases within the two-week period from September 21 to October 7 but the number of people testing positive is still rising daily. The health ministry reported 2158 new COVID-19 cases after testing more than 16,000 samples at 8pm on October 10, the highest number of cases to be recorded since the country reported its first case on March 24.

Myanmar now has a total of 26,064 cases with 598 deaths and 7050 recoveries.

Yangon has the highest number of cases in the country with 18,947 cases followed by Rakhine with 1909 cases and Bago with 702 cases on October 10.

Among the townships in Yangon, North Okkalapa has the highest number of cases at 1274, followed by Insein with 1241 cases, Hlaing Thar Yar with 1102 cases and Thingangyun with 1095 cases.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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