Over 460 factories in Hlaing Tharyar and Shwe Pyi Tar townships in Yangon have re-opened after being inspected by 17 teams from the Department of Health, Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, Administrative Department, township development committee, and regional MPs.
“We did not want many people involved because if something happens at one of the factories, the inspectors will have to go into quarantine. Each team checked up to seven factories a day,” said Yangon regional legislator U Myat Min Thu.
50 factories in Mandalay had also been inspected and have re-opened. Most of the factories are in Mandalay Industrial Zone.
“Most of the food and medicine factories have reopened,” said U Ye Win Aung, secretary of the Mandalay Industrial Zone committee.
“The inspections will now focus on facilities packaging food and medicine. Agricultural businesses are a second priority. We have also told machine repair shops in the industrial zone to prepare for inspection,” he added.
Factories are not allowed to re-open until after they pass inspection.