ALGI has been closely monitoring developments concerning the coronavirus pandemic and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of our employees, as well as our clients, while trying to prevent any potential impact on business.
During the month of February, all our China operations were put on hold following government recommendations of isolation of our employees. Since the beginning of March, we have gradually started to return to normal operations in China, implementing practices that minimize public contact.
Since March 16th, all staff located in Europe and the Americas, including headquarters, are working from home. We suspended auditing activities in the Americas for the next weeks as many countries in the region are facing lock downs. We will constantly be evaluating the situation and we will work with clients to reschedule any activities that have been postponed, as soon as the situation allows it in a manner that is safe for our staff and the facilities.
Updated 23rd of March: Due to outbreak of Corona Virus in Pakistan, preventive measures taken by the local Government requires that ALGI Pakistan office remain close at least until April 5th.
Updated 25th of March: In view of preventing spread of Corona Virus in Bangladesh, the Government has declared shutdown until the 4th of April. Additionally, Myanmar has imposed travel restrictions. For this reason, all audits in both countries have been postponed until further notice.
Updated 10th of April: Bangladesh government has extended its country shutdown until the 25th of April. Other countries, such as United states and Indonesia, have limit movement within certain geographical areas therefore ALGI services in these locations have been temporarily postponed.
Updated April 27th: The worldwide situation due to coronavirus is affecting all regions. Following please see summary of the situation for each country office:
- Pakistan’s government is allowing some factories to run on exceptional approval, but general shutdown is confirmed until April 30th;
- Bangladesh’s government extended the shutdown till May 5th;
- Regarding India, the Government ordered lockdown will continue until May 3rd;
- Turkey has declared a ban to enter and exit 31 big cities until May 5th;
- Indonesian Government decided, due to covid-19 spreading, to ban people from going back to their hometowns on lebaran days (also known as mudik), with the mudik ban from April 24th until June 1st; travel to and from virus-hit areas (Covid-19 red zone) is prohibited. The ban applies to Greater Jakarta as the nation’s epicenter of covid outbreak and all regions, that have imposed restrictions.
Updated May 8th
Bangladesh: General shutdown has been extended until 16th May. All mass transports and offices are still closed except emergency services and their relevant departments. Following the government decision on 5th May, garment industries can run their production from May 6th applying all mandatory health & safety concerns of the workers as per Gov’t & WHO guidelines in regard to COVID- 19 issue. However, opening industry is optional to the owners. As allowed, garment owners are starting to open their industries following Gov’t & WHO guidelines. However, the overall pandemic situation is still not control rather going more critical than previous days! At present, most of the cases are from garment workers! Still, we are in close contact with our clients ready to support them when any services need.
Latest update on May 19th
- Bangladesh:General shutdown has been extended until 30th May. All mass transports and offices are still closed except emergency services and their relevant departments. However, most of Garment Industries are open following WHO & National guidelines on COVID-19 outbreaks. Therefore, ALGI LO has also been started full audit operations (on-site visit) since May 16th ensuring auditor health safety and hygiene.
- Pakistan: Since May 9th the lockdown restriction is moving to the next phase where all industrial units and markets are open from 8 am to 5 pm. Domestic air flights have been resume but the intracity public transport still suspended. All our Audits are being scheduled considering high-risk areas.
- India: The government has been extended the lockdown till May 17th, subject to certain relaxations. Accordingly, the factories can be restarted with 50% or 25% of the manpower from May 7th onwards, but at the discretion of the facility. The government has imposed a lot of safety norms for restarting the units in this region.
- Turkey: General shutdown has been extended until May 29th Recently the ban for domestic flights in Turkey has been extended until June 4th and international flights until June 10th.
- Indonesia: Travel to and from virus-hit areas (COVID-19 red zone) is very strict. The ban applies to Greater Jakarta as the nation’s epicenter of COVID outbreak and all regions, that have imposed restrictions. Leave Jakarta is prohibited.
- Egypt: Movement restriction from 08 pm to 06 am applied until the 29th of May, 2020. The government announced that the normal life will start gradually after the end of Ramadan (fasten time) after the 16th of June, 2020.
We would like to reassure that our Head Office and everyone else involved, is doing everything in our hands to minimize any inconvenience. Please feel free to contact us with any inquiry or concern please click here