The California Department of Public Health recognized Tesla employees as “essential workers” and exempted the company from new COVID-19 health orders announced by Governor Gavin Newsom. This means Tesla's Fremont factory in California can continue to operate in line with its previous COVID-19 safety plan.
Due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a curfew for certain counties in California. The curfew, which the state calls "limited Stay at Home Order," runs from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am starting Saturday. The restrictions between these hours will be the same as in March. This means that all non-essential work, movement, and gatherings must be stopped in all of the indicated purple districts. The curfew will remain in effect until 5:00 am on December 21st.
In response to a CNBC inquiry about how the curfew would affect Tesla employees, CPHD wrote:
“The Limited Stay at Home Order does not apply to these employees as they are deemed essential workers - manufacturing is listed as an essential workforce. You can find more here. The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies several industries to serve as the core of the sector including Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products. While operating, this sector must follow industry guidance for manufacturing.”
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