Tesla shouldn’t be a vital enterprise based on the Alameda County Sheriff, a declaration that might power the automaker to shutter a few of its operations within the county underneath a shelter in-place directive that was ordered due to the worldwide unfold of COVID-19, a illness brought on by the coronavirus.
The county, which incorporates Fremont, the place Tesla’s manufacturing facility is positioned, issued Monday a shelter-in-place order that requires all non-essential companies to shut, together with bars, gyms and dine-in eating places. Takeout and supply eating places are nonetheless allowed.
Tesla: @Tesla shouldn’t be a vital enterprise as outlined within the Alameda County Well being Order. Tesla can preserve minimal fundamental operations per the Alameda County Well being Order.
— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) March 17, 2020
Tesla saved the Fremont manufacturing facility open regardless of the order, claiming that a part of the corporate’s operations fell underneath an exemption within the county’s order. Tesla CEO Elon Musk informed staff in an e mail that the corporate would proceed operations on the Fremont manufacturing facility, the place the automaker assembles the Mannequin S, Mannequin X, Mannequin three and now Mannequin Y electrical autos. Musk did inform staff that ought to not really feel obligated to return to work in the event that they “really feel the slightest bit in poor health and even uncomfortable,” based on an e mail first reported by Los Angeles Instances and Bloomberg.
The e-mail to Tesla manufacturing facility staff got here only a few days after Musk despatched an e mail to staff at his different firm SpaceX that appeared to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alameda County officers had been figuring out whether or not Tesla was, in actual fact, capable of declare that exemption. In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, the county sheriff mentioned Tesla shouldn’t be a vital enterprise as outlined within the Alameda County Well being Order. “Tesla can preserve minimal fundamental operations per the Alameda County Well being Order,” the sheriff mentioned within the tweet, however didn’t elaborate what “minimal fundamental operations” meant or if it may nonetheless produce autos there.
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