Tesla has not been given the green signal to open its factory in Fremont California.
Tesla said that it had been getting to restart “limited operations” at the Fremont factory, which is found in Alameda County but this decision is in direct conflict with the government’s decision to stay-at-home order in Alameda County.
According to Pan, Alameda health and country officials are working with Tesla and have reviewed their safety plans for reopening and they are asked to wait for some time.
Tesla Employees received two emails – one from CEO Elon Musk and another from the company’s human resources director, Valerie Workman, indicating that the factory would open as early as Friday.
FREMONT, CA – JULY 26: The Tesla factory in Fremont, California, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Mason Trinca for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
This decision to reopen the factories was based on the new guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, consistent with which manufacturers could resume operations with a warning that local governments could hold restrictive rules in situ .
Alameda County and other Bay Area counties and cities revised their stay at home orders that will last through the end of May. However, the revised guidelines did not loosen any restriction on the lockdown.
“We are asking our facilities within the county that our local health order still prevails and to wait until we have another week or so under our belt to see what went on after we did that first round of lifting restrictions,” Pan said.
The Alameda County Health Department has informed Tesla of “all of the conditions that has got to exist for phasing within the safe reopening of varied sectors of the economy and therefore the community.” And if any factory doesn’t meet the specified criteria, it cannot reopen.
“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.