Tesla gets exemption from new California Covid-19 health orders

02 September 2020, Berlin: Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk arrives in Westfen with a face mask for a CDU executive board meeting. Photo: Fabian Sommer / DPA (photo by Fabian Sommer / photo alliance via Getty Images)

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California’s Department of Public Health considers Tesla employees in the state to be “essential employees”, and exempted from new Kovid-19 health orders announced by the government this week. The designation means that Tesla’s American car plant in Fremont, California, can continue to operate according to its former Kovid-19 safety plan.

The new Limited Stay on Home order affects most residents of California from Saturday. It imposes curfew between 10 am and 5 am to prevent non-stop work and meetings.

In response to a CNBC investigation into how the curfew would affect Tesla employees, CPHD wrote:

“Restricting on home orders does not apply to these employees because they are considered essential employees – manufacturing is listed as an essential workforce. You can find more information here. The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies many industries , Including the head of the sector. Transport Equipment Manufacturing Products. While operating, the sector must follow industry guidance for manufacturing. “

Local authorities in Alameda County, where Fremont is located Put additional restrictions on top of the state’s guidance in the future, but they have not yet done so.

A spokesman for the Alameda County Public Health Department declined to answer any questions about Tesla, but sent a press statement to CNBC from 16 November.

Among other things, the statement said that Alameda County Kovid-19 is facing cases and hospitalization. The county is now in California’s “Purple Tier”, the most restrictive level in the state’s “reopening framework”. Therefore, as of midnight of November 18, “all activities and areas must conform to the state’s requirements for counties in the purple tier.”

The Alameda County Public Health Department statement also states: “As the condition develops, we may need to further restrict activities to slow the spread of the virus.”

Meanwhile, California’s Department of Public Health emphasized that it issued guidance in July, for manufacturing industries to “support a safer low environment for workers.” The guidance has not been updated with any new requirements or precautions for workers in factory environments.

When the Kovid-19 virus emerged in California earlier this year, the Alameda County Health Authority required Tesla to shut down minimal basic operations in Fremont, while airing an acceptable workplace safety plan that factory workers Will protect the novel from coronavirus.

Tesla and CEO Elon Musk defied health orders, and seemingly no results.

However, Musk has insulted the California business environment.

For example, he tweeted on October 30, 2020, “I’ve spent more than half my life in California and love the state. But, frankly, I think CA has a much bigger problem. One. Like a sports team. With many championships, it’s hard to avoid a sense of decency and authority. “

On 14 November Musk revealed that he was “likely” a “moderate” case of Kovid-19, and was experiencing symptoms.

The news is that Tesla’s factories may continue to operate under safety plans previously agreed to by county and state health officials that will come as a relief to some Tesla shareholders.

CFO Zachary Kirkhorn said Tesla is still aiming for delivery of 500,000 electric vehicles in 2020 during the third-quarter earnings call. Even with a new, Shanghai factory this year, the number still proves to be a challenge for Musk’s car company. In 2019, Tesla delivered around 367,500 vehicles.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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