After a protracted and cloudy back-and-forth close its Fremont, California, factory on March 23 in acknowledgement of the crisis. CEO Elon Musk’s electric car plant had been continuing production with a reduced staff and increased safety measures, but the company will now follow by temporarily shuttering the plant., Tesla announced today that it will
Musk and Tesla leadership had come under widespread criticism from government officials, industry watchdogs and many consumers for attempting to keep production humming in the face of Alameda County’s order.
This will-they, won’t-they saga has vacillated dramatically over the last 24 hours.
On Tuesday, it was initially reported that Tesla wouldn’t be subjected to the shelter-in-place order designed to keep residents inside their homes with travel exceptions only made for essential excursions such as to secure food and medicine.
However, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department shortly thereafter issued a statement proclaiming Tesla “is not an essential business as defined in the Alameda County Health Order. Tesla can maintain minimum basic operations per the Alameda County Health Order.”
Confusingly, a county spokesperson previously told the Los Angeles Times that the Tesla factory had been granted an exemption from the order.
Then came an email statement obtained by CNBC attributed to Tesla’s head of human resources. The communique to all employees stated, Tthere are no changes in your normal assignment and you should continue to report to work if you are in an essential function.” The “essential function” portion mentioned production, service, deliveries and testing, among other activities.