Staff at Tesla’s California automobile manufacturing unit are deemed important and should not impacted by the state’s newest restrictions to curb a brand new surge in coronavirus infections, the California well being division stated on Friday.

Tesla and native California officers in March engaged in a heated months-long standoff over restrictions imposed to curb the primary wave of infections, which culminated within the firm’s chief govt, Elon Musk, defying well being orders, suing native officers and threatening to depart the state.

California’s governor on Thursday imposed a curfew on social gatherings and different nonessential actions.

Starting on Saturday, the stay-at-home order prohibits non-essential enterprise from 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. every day and applies within the majority of the state’s counties, together with Alameda County, the place Tesla’s manufacturing unit is situated.

Requested whether or not the order utilized to employees at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing unit, the California Division of Public Well being in a press release stated it didn’t apply to workers deemed important employees, with manufacturing listed as a necessary workforce.

“The Crucial Manufacturing Sector identifies a number of industries to function the core of the sector together with Transportation Gear Manufacturing Merchandise,” the workplace stated.

CNBC first reported on the well being division’s insurance policies.

Beneath California regulation, native counties can impose extra restrictive measures than mandated by the state. Alameda County on Friday didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

In a press release on Monday the county’s well being division stated it was following state steering, however might act to limit actions past the state’s necessities.

Throughout the preliminary virus outbreak in March, native officers ordered Tesla to halt manufacturing and Tesla’s manufacturing unit remained shut down for roughly six weeks. Billionaire Musk in early Could defied county orders by reopening the manufacturing unit, telling county officers he stood prepared for arrest.

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