BEIJING, May 9 (Xinhua) — The local health department in California said Friday that Tesla “absolutely cannot” reopen its auto plant in the San Francisco Bay Area as a blockade to curb the spread of the new coronavirus remains in effect,media reported. Late Thursday, Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, told employees that Tesla’s only U.S. auto plant, Fremont, would resume limited production Friday afternoon.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday afternoon that manufacturers in the state will be allowed to resume operations. But Alameda County, where Tesla’s plant is located, plans to close until the end of May.
A spokesman for the Alameda County Department of Public Health said in a statement that the county’s new coronavirus blockade order only allows the necessary businesses to reopen.
“Tesla has been told that they do not meet these standards and cannot return to work,” the spokeswoman said. “
Earlier Friday, Alameda County Health Officer Erica Pan said the county’s health department had held several discussions with Tesla and advised tesla to wait at least another week to monitor the infection rate and discuss safety measures related to the resumption of production.
At an online town hall meeting held by the mayor of Alameda, Pan called Tesla a “very hot topic.”
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to Alameda County policy, vehicle manufacturing business is temporarily not allowed to resume normal operations.
Musk has been an outspoken critic of the blockade and home orders, calling them a “serious risk” to U.S. businesses and labeling them “unconstitutional.” Musk said the measures would not be in the U.S. Supreme Court if challenged. Supreme Court’s pre-trial standstill.
In an internal email seen by Reuters, Tesla said the Fremont plant would resume limited operations starting Friday, with 30 percent of normal employees per shift.
“Our super factories in Nevada and New York have also started limited operations, and this has been approved by their respective states,” the email said. “