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Tesla Encourages Employees to Come to Work Amid Coronavirus

March 19, 2020 11:14 pm

As many companies stopped their employees from working in the office, such as Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook, the EV giant Tesla still encourages its employees to come to work.

Tesla car plant in Fremont, California is still running on Wednesday, according to CNBC, despite the State of California, Alameda County and the City of Fremont announced “shelter-in-place” order.

The order said that in order to slow the rate of spread of the coronavirus, residents were asked not to leave their homes except for “essential activities” such as buying food and necessary living products, and “nonessential businesses” were ordered to shut down.

Valerie Workman, HR leader of Tesla, sent an email to employees, saying that although the shelter-in-place order was issued to six California Bay Area Counties, the federal government said that National Critical Infrastructure is allowed to continue to operate during the coronavirus outbreak across the U.S. Tesla is crucial to the U.S. economy prosperity and continuity and therefore, its Bay Area plants should continue operations. In addition, Tesla has been in close communication with different levels of State, County and City governments.

Alameda County Sheriff’s office said on twitter in response to Tesla that “@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 Alameda County’s shelter-in-place order said that all businesses with a facility in the County, except Essential Businesses, are required to suspend all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations, which is further explained as the following:

  1. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
  2. ii. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.