Tuesday, 10 August 2021 17:00

Tesla Rolls Out Updated Mask Mandate for Gigafactory Nevada Workers: Report

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


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Tesla has decided to roll out a mask mandate for its employees at Gigafactory Nevada, its massive battery factory it operates with Panasonic.

The company cited the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as reasons behind its new mandate. 


Under the new policy, Giga Nevada workers would be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Prior to the new mandate, Giga Nevada employees who were vaccinated against COVID-19 were allowed to not wear masks. Those who were unvaccinated were still required to wear masks indoors. 


The new policy was initially reported by The Wall Street Journal, which cited information provided by people familiar with the matter. Tesla, for its part, has not issued a comment about Giga Nevada’s new COVID guidelines. The Nevada government has stated it may roll out a mask mandate in the county where Tesla’s battery factory is situated, however, if the virus’ transmission rates do not improve. 


Tesla is not alone in rolling out a new mask mandate for its employees. The first week of August, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis announced they would be reinstating a mask mandate for their U.S. offices and plants.


Similar to Tesla, the veteran automakers’ policy requires even those who are fully vaccinated to wear masks indoors. GM, Ford and Stellantis’ decision to reinstate its mask mandate was also due to the spread of the contagious Delta variant. 


Alameda County, which hosts Tesla’s Fremont Factory, has mandated everyone 2 years of age and older must wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status as well. 


The Delta variant has pushed the U.S. back into an average of...

...100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day, a number last seen during the winter surge. It previously took the U.S. nine months before hitting an average of 100,000 cases per day in November, before peaking at about 250,000 in early January.


COVID cases in the U.S. tamped down in June with just about 11,000 per day, but amidst the Delta variant’s rise, it only took six weeks before average cases rose to over 100,000 per day.


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