Tesla workers unaffected by new coronavirus curfew in California
Workers at the Tesla vehicle factory in California are considered essential and unaffected by the latest state restrictions to curb a further increase in coronavirus infections, the California Department of Health said on Friday.
Tesla and local California officials in March engaged in a heated, months-long standoff over restrictions imposed to curb the first wave of infections, which culminated in the CEO of the company, Elon musk, defying health orders, suing local officials and threatening to leave the state.
The California governor on Thursday imposed a curfew on social gatherings and other nonessential activities.
Starting Saturday, the stay-at-home order bans nonessential business from 10 p.m. Until 5 a.m. M. Every day and applies in most counties in the state, including Alameda County where the Tesla factory is located.
When asked if the order applied to workers at Tesla’s Fremont factory, the California Department of Public Health in a statement said it did not apply to employees considered essential workers, and that manufacturing was listed as a force. essential work.
“The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies several industries that serve as the core of the sector, including Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products,” the office said.
CNBC first reported on health department policies.
Under California law, local counties may impose more restrictive measures than are required by the state. Alameda County did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
In a statement Monday, the county health department said it was following state guidelines, but could act to restrict activities beyond state requirements.
During the initial outbreak of the virus in March, local officials ordered Tesla to halt production and the Tesla factory remained closed for about six weeks. Billionaire Musk in early May defied county orders reopening the factory, telling county officials that he was ready to be arrested.