Tesla Dr. Erica Pan, Alameda County Health Officer, said in a video session on Friday's town hall meeting that she hadn't been given the “green light” to open her Fremont, California factory.
Tesla planned to open at home on Friday despite the district's extended arrangement.
Tesla said in an internal email to employees on Thursday that theinformationsuperhighway had viewed the “resumption of limited operations” at Fremont's Alameda County factory. Tesla's decision is in direct conflict with an order to stay at home in Alameda County.
Alameda's health and district officials are working with Tesla and have reviewed their security plans for the reopening, Pan said. "We asked her to wait," she added.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
Employees received two emails – one from CEO Elon Musk and one from Valerie Workman, the company's human resources manager – indicating that the factory would open on Friday. The decision to open was based on new guidelines from Governor Gavin Newsom, who said on Thursday that manufacturers could resume operations. However, Newsom's guidelines contained a warning that local governments could maintain more restrictive rules.
Alameda County, along with several other counties and towns in the Bay Area, has issued revised home stay orders that will expire in late May. These revised orders have relaxed some of the restrictions. However, the manufacturing order was not canceled.
Below is a screenshot of an email sent to theinformationsuperhighway by a Tesla representative.
Pan and health officials from other counties in the Bay Area want companies like Tesla to wait until they are certain that the easing restrictions have no effect. They also want to make sure that companies have enough time to plan their reopening to ensure that they follow best practices.
"We are really asking our county facilities to keep our local health regulations in place and wait until we have another week or so under our belt to see what happened after we completed this first round of lifting restrictions "said Pan.
Alameda County Health Department informed theinformationsuperhighway that it has informed Tesla "all the conditions necessary for the gradual reopening of various economic and community areas."
If a company does not meet the limited criteria described in the county order, it cannot be reopened.
"Tesla has been informed that they do not meet these criteria and cannot open them again," said a spokesman for the county health department in an email. "We welcome Tesla's proactive work on a reopening plan so that once they meet the reopening criteria, they can do so in a way that protects their employees and the community as a whole."