California authorities banned the opening of the Tesla plantMay 9, 2020
Elon Musk plans to open a California plant without the permission of the local government.
According to the email, Tesla intends to resume production at Fremont, but the restrictions imposed by local authorities will not end until May 31. As it became known at a meeting of the mayor’s office, which was held on May 8, the chief sanitary doctor of the Alameda district (California) did not give the go-ahead for the opening of the Fremont factory.
However, earlier on May 7, an internal e-mail was sent to the plant employees informing that the factory would resume limited operations with 30% of its workforce. This document could have been linked to a statement by California Governor Gavin Newsom on May 7 that production could begin May 8. However, a stricter decree in Alameda County may overturn the governor’s order, and production will not resume until the end of May.
A spokeswoman for the Alameda County Department of Health, in a statement, referred to the county’s decree banning only major businesses to resume work. “Tesla was informed that they did not meet these criteria and should not be reopened,” the spokeswoman said. The department held many discussions with the company, and recommended that the manufacturer wait at least one more week.
Musk sharply criticizes orders for blocking and self-isolation, calling them “serious risk” for US business and calling them “unconstitutional.” However, Musk said employees who “feel uncomfortable returning to work are not required to do this.” Whether the Tesla plant reopened at noon on Friday is still unclear.
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