California’s new coronavirus curfew does not apply to Tesla workers

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Asked whether the order applied to workers at the Tesla factory in Fremont, the California Department of Public Health said in a statement that it did not apply to employees considered essential workers, the manufacturing being listed as an essential labor.


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The governor of California on Thursday imposed a curfew on social gatherings and other non-essential activities

Workers at Tesla Inc’s California vehicle plant are deemed essential and unaffected by the latest state restrictions to curb a new outbreak of coronavirus infections, the California Department of Health said on Friday. . Tesla and local California officials engaged in a rocky months-long standoff in March over restrictions imposed to curb the first wave of infections, which resulted in the company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, challenged health orders, prosecuted local officials and threatened to leave the state. . The governor of California on Thursday imposed a curfew on social gatherings and other non-essential activities.

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As of Saturday, the stay-at-home control prohibits non-essential activities from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day and applies in the majority of counties in the state, including Alameda County, where Tesla’s factory is located.

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Workers at Tesla Inc’s California auto plant unaffected by latest state restrictions to curb new outbreak of coronavirus infections

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Asked whether the order applied to workers at the Tesla factory in Fremont, the California Department of Public Health said in a statement that it did not apply to employees considered essential workers, the manufacturing being listed as an essential labor.

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“The critical manufacturing sector identifies several industries to serve as the core of the sector, including transportation equipment manufacturing products,” the office said.

TBEN first reported on the policies of the health department. Under California law, local counties can impose more restrictive measures than those prescribed by the state. Alameda County did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

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In a statement released on Monday, the county health department said it was following state guidelines, but could act to restrict activities beyond state requirements.

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During the initial virus outbreak in March, local officials ordered Tesla to stop production and the Tesla plant remained closed for about six weeks. Billionaire Musk in early May defied county orders by reopening the plant, telling county officials he was prepared to be arrested.

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