According to the California Public Health Bureau, Tesla employees in California are "necessary workers" and therefore do not need to comply with the state governor Gavin Newson (Gavin Newsom)'s newly announced "limited home epidemic prevention order ".This means that Tesla's electric car superplant in Fremont, California, can continue to operate without being affected by the new epidemic prevention order.
The newly announced "Limited home epidemic prevention order" will affect most residents of California from Saturday. It provides for a curfew and calls for the cessation of unnecessary work and gatherings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day.
In response to a query about how the curfew rules affect Tesla employees, the California public health service said, "these employees are considered essential workers, and manufacturing is listed as a necessary type of labor. Therefore, the limited home order does not apply to them. The manufacturing of transportation equipment products is one of the core areas in the key manufacturing industry. But at the same time that they are allowed to operate, these departments must follow the epidemic prevention guidelines of the manufacturing industry. "
Alameda County, where the Tesla Fremont plant is located, may impose additional restrictions in addition to the federal and state government's epidemic prevention policies, but so far, this has not happened.
A spokesman for the Alameda County Public Health Department declined to comment on the news about Tesla. But in a news statement sent to the media by a spokesman for the county government on November 16, Alameda County is facing a surge in the number of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. So far, the county is at the worst in California. As a result, starting at midnight on November 18, all activities and departments must implement preventive measures in accordance with California's most severe epidemic level.
"As the epidemic develops, we may need to further limit our activities to slow the spread of the virus," the statement added
At the same time, the California Bureau of public health stressed that it had issued as early as July the guidance on "maintaining a safer and lower risk environment for workers" in the manufacturing industry, but the guidance has not been updated, and there are no new requirements or new epidemic prevention measures for workers in the factory environment.
earlier this year, when the new crown epidemic emerged in california, the alameida county health department asked the tesla fremont plant to minimize operations and to develop an acceptable workplace safety plan to protect factory workers from the new crown virus.
At the time, Tesla and its chief executive, Elon Musk (Elon Musk), did not comply with the requirements of the Alameida County Health Department. However, Tesla plant did not appear any outbreak later. In addition, Musk criticized the business environment in California.
For example, he tweeted on October 30, 2020, saying, "I've spent most of my life in California and Love California. But frankly, I think California, like a sports team with many champions, is becoming more and more difficult to avoid complacency and power
On November 14, musk revealed that he was "probably moderately" infected with the new coronavirus, claiming to have developed symptoms.
Some of Tesla's shareholders were relieved by the news that the plant could keep operating after the California Limited home epidemic prevention order was issued.
At Tesla's third-quarter earnings conference call, Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn (Zachary Kirkhorn) said Tesla's plan to deliver 500000 electric vehicles by 2020 had not changed. However, some analysts believe that even if the Tesla Shanghai factory expanded capacity this year, this number is still a big challenge for Tesla. In 2019, Tesla electric vehicles delivered about 367500 vehicles. (Tianmen Mountain)