Tesla Fremont factory will be allowed to remain open amid new COVID restrictions in California

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Tesla's Fremont factory - Dai Sugano / Bay Area News Group

It won’t be a repeat of when Tesla was forced to shut down their factory in Fremont, California for nearly two months earlier this year, as employees at the factory have been deemed as essential workers.

The classifications comes after California governor Gavin Newsom issued a curfew in certain counties limiting social gatherings and other nonessential activities, reports Reuters.

The order, which includes almost all counties in the state including Alameda County where the factory is located, prohibits non-essential businesses from operating between the hours fo 10:00pm and 5:00am each day.

When asked by CNBC if the order applied to Tesla employees, the California Department of Public Health said:

“The Limited Stay at Home Order does not apply to these employees as they are deemed essential workers – manufacturing is listed as an essential workforce. You can find more here. The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies several industries to serve as the core of the sector including Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products. While operating, this sector must follow industry guidance for manufacturing.”

While the current curfew does not impact activities at the factory, officials could still place restrictions in addition to the state limits. The curfew will be in effect until December 21, 2020.

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