This timeline tracks the developments in Bangladesh as the Covid-19 outbreak unfolds. This timeline will be updated on an ongoing basis.
August 26Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)
COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh exceed 300,000 with nearly 4,100 deaths.
July 29Ministry of Education
Closure of educational institutions extended till August 31.
July 23Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism
Passengers departing from Dhaka must show COVID-19 test results at the time of check-in.
July 21Ministry of Health
Bangladesh made wearing of masks mandatory for all.
July 18Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)
Bangladesh's coronavirus cases have surpassed 200,000 and deaths reached 2,581.
June 18Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)
Confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 100,000 in Bangladesh.
June 16Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism
Flight operations on international routes, except to China, resumed on a limited scale after over three months' suspension.
June 15Ministry of Education
Closure of educational institutions extended until August 6.
June 1Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism
Domestic commercial passenger flights resumed on a limited scale.
May 31Ministry of Public Administration
Lockdown ends: Despite a rise in coronavirus cases, offices and public transport services resume, ending 66 days of lockdown measures. Workplaces are allowed to operate on a limited scale, subject to their compliance with the health and safety guidelines.
May 14Ministry of Public Administration
General holidays extended till May 30.
May 5Ministry of Education
Closure of educational institutions extended until May 30.
May 4Ministry of Public Administration
General holidays extended till May 16.
Reports that 1,150 factories have lost export orders worth $3.18 billion (982 million pieces), and that 2.28 million workers have been affected. www.bgmea.com.bd
Garment factories start to reopen with a limited number of workers. Factories are asked to maintain compliance with COVID-19 guidelines from government authorities.
April 22Ministry of Public Administration
General holidays extended till May 5
April 10Ministry of Public Administration
General holidays extended till 25 April 2020
Urged members to keep factories shut until 25 April 2020.
April 5Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Announced new financial packages worth US$8bn to help industries and service sectors to overcome the impact of Covid-19.
Ministry of Road, Transport and Bridges
Transport ban extended till 11 April 2020
Home Ministry/ Police HQ
Ordered that only the vehicles of emergency services will be allowed to enter into or exit from Dhaka.
Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA)
All factories in the country’s eight export processing zones (EPZs) under BEPZA will be shut from 6-14 April 2020.
Ministry of Public Administration
General holidays extended till 14 April 2020
Urged member factories to keep factories shut until 11 April 2020.
Hundreds of thousands of garment workers used local transports, ferries and walked to return to their workplaces in Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj, after they were informed that their factories will resume productions from 5 April 2020.
April 3DIFE (Ministry of Labour and Employment)
Estimated that between 19-31 March, 1,904 export-oriented RMG factories have shut down and led to unemployment of 2,138,778 workers.
April 2Ministry of Public Administration
General holidays extended till 9 April 2020
April 1Commerce Minister
"Factory owners can run their production following proper health guideline."
Factory closure: Instructed members to keep knit factories closed until 4 April 2020. Exception was made for factories which have export orders and who are producing personal protection equipment (PPE), masks, hand wash and medicine.
March 26BGMEA President
Recommended that all members announce closure of factories in line with the GoB’s declaration of general holidays.
Ministry of Road, Transport and Bridges
Transport ban announced on all modes of transport across the country from 26 March to 4 April.
Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism
International flights to all countries suspendfed except for the UK and China.
March 25Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Announced a stimulus package of Tk 50 billion for the owners of exporting industries affected by Covid-19. The money can be availed as bank loans at 2% to help pay salaries and wages of workers.
Advised members to keep factories closed if they have no international work order. Requested members to give workers leave on 26 and 27 March so that they can purchase essential goods.
Asked members to adopt safety measures (PPE, temperature check, hand washing facility) in their factories to protect workers and officials.
March 23Ministry of Public Administration
General holidays declared from 26 March to 4 April to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
March 18Ministry of Health
Bangladesh confirms first death from Coronavirus.
March 16Ministry of Education
Ordered to close all educational institutions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
March 13DIFE (Ministry of Labour and Employment)
Issued a directive for factory officials to adopt good hygiene practices; print and distribute Covid-19 guidelines in factories to sensitize workers.
Issued guidance on basic preventive measures against Covid-19 for garment factories.
March 8Ministry of Health
First Covid-19 cases confirmed in Bangladesh.
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