Tesla has not been given the green light to open factory in Fremont, Calif. Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan said in a videostreamed town hall meeting on Friday. Tesla made a plan to open as early as Friday in defiance of the county’s extended stay at home order. Tesla told in an indoor email sent to employees on Thursday, which TechCrunch has viewed, that it had been getting to restart “limited operations” at the Fremont factory, which is located in Alameda County. Tesla’s decision is in direct conflict with a ‘stay-at-home’ order in Alameda County. As Pan said – “We’ve asked them to wait”.
Tesla didn’t answer an invitation for comment. The employees received two emails that is one from ‘CEO Elon Musk’ and another from ‘Valerie Workman’, the company’s human resources director indicating that the factory would open as early as Friday. The decision to open was supported new guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who said on Thursday that manufacturers could resume operations. Newsom’s guidance included a warning that local govts could keep more restrictive rules in place.
Alameda County along with the several other Bay Area counties and cities, issued revised stay-at-home orders that will last through the end of the May. Those revised orders did ease some of the restrictions, but it did not lift the order for manufacturing.
As Pan said – “We are really asking our facilities within the county that our local health order still prevails and to attend until we’ve another week approximately under our belt to ascertain what went on after we did that first round of lifting restrictions,”.
“Tesla has been informed that they are doing not meet those criteria and must not reopen,” a spokesperson for the county health department said in an email. “We welcome Tesla’s proactive work on a reopening plan in order that once they fit the standards to reopen, they will do so during a way that protects their employees and the community at large.”