Workers at Tesla’s California car manufacturing facility are deemed important and will not be impacted by the state’s newest restrictions to curb a brand new surge in coronavirus infections, the California well being division stated on Friday.
Tesla and native California officers in March engaged in a heated months-long standoff over restrictions imposed to curb the primary wave of infections, which culminated within the firm’s chief govt, Elon Musk, defying well being orders, suing native officers and threatening to depart the state.
California’s governor on Thursday imposed a curfew on social gatherings and different nonessential actions.
Beginning on Saturday, the stay-at-home order prohibits non-essential enterprise from 10pm till 5am every day and applies within the majority of the state’s counties, together with Alameda County, the place Tesla’s manufacturing facility is positioned.
Asked whether or not the order utilized to employees at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility, the California Department of Public Health in an announcement stated it didn’t apply to staff deemed important employees, with manufacturing listed as an important workforce.
“The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies several industries to serve as the core of the sector including Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products,” the workplace stated.
CNBC first reported on the well being division’s insurance policies.
Under California legislation, native counties can impose extra restrictive measures than mandated by the state. Alameda County on Friday didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
In an announcement on Monday the county’s well being division stated it was following state steerage, however might act to limit actions past the state’s necessities.
During the preliminary virus outbreak in March, native officers ordered Tesla to halt manufacturing and Tesla’s manufacturing facility remained shut down for roughly six weeks. Billionaire Musk in early May defied county orders by reopening the manufacturing facility, telling county officers he stood prepared for arrest.
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