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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 14:34

Tesla Under Pressure as County Sheriff Defines Factory as ‘Non Essential Business’ Amid C-19 Outbreak

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Just a day after an Alameda County, CA, spokesperson declared in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that Tesla is an “essential business” and thus allowed to remain in operation amid the C-19 outbreak, the county’s sheriff’s office has taken an opposing stance. 

In a March 17 update on Twitter, the Alameda County sheriff declared Tesla is not an essential business at all and the company will only be allowed to maintain minimum basic operations. 
 
“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,” the county sheriff tweeted. 
 
Notes from the Alameda County Health Order define “minimum basic operations” as a company strictly complying with social distancing requirements for those who are still reporting to work. 
 
Activities that would still be allowed include those that “maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.”
 
Companies must also provide workers the option to continue their employment remotely. 
 
With these in mind, Tesla’s Fremont factory would not be allowed to continue making electric cars, at least until the “minimum basic operations” rule is lifted. 
 
This could come as a blow to Tesla, considering the company is prone to engaging in widespread end-of-quarter production and delivery efforts to optimize its quarterly numbers. 
 
It should be noted the adverse effects of the C-19 shutdowns are not and will not be limited to Tesla alone. 

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