Official: Tesla not allowed to operate U.S. plants during city closure

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Xinhua) — Tesla is unable to operate its main U.S. auto plant in Alameda County during a three-week “closed city” in the San Francisco Bay Area to contain the spread of the outbreak, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said.

Official: Tesla not allowed to operate U.S. plants during city closure

“Tesla is not a necessary business as defined by the Alameda County Health Order. Under this order, Tesla (only) can maintain minimum basic operations. The spokesman said.

That said, Tesla’s U.S. plants can’t be built on new cars. According to the Alameda County Department of Public Health, minimum basic operations include maintaining the company’s inventory value, ensuring security, processing wages and employee benefits, and assisting employees to continue working remotely.

Official: Tesla not allowed to operate U.S. plants during city closure

A tweet from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

Tesla shares fell 5.3 percent in after-hours trading.

The Fairmont plant is Tesla’s only automotive plant in the United States, located in Alameda County in the Bay Area. As of the fourth quarter of last year, Tesla’s Felicity plant employed more than 10,000 workers and had an annual capacity of just over 415,000 vehicles.

The San Francisco Bay Area issued an “in-place asylum order” Monday, one of six counties, Alameda County. Earlier, auto news site Electrek received a message from several Tesla employees that they had been told the plant would continue to operate on Tuesday. (Author/Rain)