Tesla's only auto plant in the U.S. unable to continue operating? California is evaluating

March 18th news, according to foreign media reports, as the San Francisco Bay Area begins a three-week "asylum-in-place" ban to control the spread of the new coronavirus epidemic, California officials are assessing whether and how Tesla Is allowed to continue operating its major automotive plants in the United States.

A spokesman for Alameda County, Calif., Where the Tesla Fremont plant is located, said on Tuesday that the county is consulting with lawyers and health officials to assess the situation and provide answers by the end of the day. "A portion of Tesla's business may be exempted from the ban, but making a car and pumping it out at the end of the assembly line is another issue," the spokesman said.

Several media reported on Monday that the Tesla Fremont plant will be allowed to continue operations, but a spokesman for Alameda County said on Tuesday that there is no clear answer on how to protect workers. The spokesman said he was still seeking to contact Tesla on the matter. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the spokesman.

Tesla employs more than 10,000 workers at Alameda County's only U.S. auto factory, and annualized production in the fourth quarter was just over 415,000. The county is one of six counties covered by the local government's "asylum-in-place" ban, which restricts activities, travel and business activities to where they are most needed, and advises people to stay at home unless there is a last resort.

So far, automakers and their suppliers have avoided government forced shutdowns in the United States. The California governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the state plans to issue any manufacturing facility shutdown guidelines.

The California Department of Public Health said in a statement that more guidance may be issued in the next few days without providing more details.

According to people familiar with the matter, in an internal memorandum on Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told employees that no Tesla employees have been infected with the new coronavirus, but urged them if they felt "slightly unwell" Not even comfortable ", staying at home. (Tencent Technology Review / Golden Deer)