California is closing down once more amid an increase in COVID-19 instances, however this time round Tesla (NASDAQ: (TSLA)) has been designated an “important” enterprise that would not have to adjust to the brand new restrictions.
That is simply as properly, as a result of the final time California shut down and stored Tesla off the checklist of most popular companies, CEO Elon Musk simply ignored the orders and stored on producing his electrical vehicles.
Maybe to keep away from one other spherical of brinkmanship that noticed Musk musing about transferring his firm out of state due to the orders, California has deemed Tesla employees to be an “important workforce.”
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Spoiling for a battle
Again in March when the coronavirus outbreak was first declared a pandemic, Musk resisted closing his Fremont manufacturing facility when well being officers have been saying it will simply require two weeks to “bend the curve” on getting the disaster below management.
After coming below a lot criticism, Musk ultimately relented and closed Tesla‘s manufacturing amenities, however confronted no official sanction for defying the order.
When the state started permitting companies to reopen, Alameda county stored its shutdown orders in place and Musk took to Twitter to voice his displeasure and mulled transferring Tesla out of state. The county ultimately relented.
Most analysts did not suppose it will be possible for the carmaker to maneuver as a result of it will price an estimated $1 billion and would interrupt manufacturing targets. Future packages might nonetheless be positioned elsewhere, although, as Musk was just lately on Twitter once more saying that as a lot as he liked California, the state “has the winning-for-too-long downside.”
Whereas California’s state well being regulators have deemed Tesla important, Alameda county might nonetheless impose extra restrictive guidelines, however for now could be conforming to state pointers.
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