In a pair of emails blasted out to all US-based employees, Elon Musk-led carmaker Tesla outlined its plans to get production back on track. Around 30 percent of the regular workforce will return starting today, according to CNBC.
“In light of Governor Newsom’s statement earlier today approving manufacturing in California, we will aim to restart production in Fremont tomorrow afternoon,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, according to a shorter second email. “I will be on the line personally helping wherever I can.”
Sheltering in Place
The early reopening, which comes days after Musk and musician Claire “Grimes” Boucher had a baby, is a dicey subject since California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that manufacturing could reopen in the state only Thursday evening.
But that reopening won’t override county-level rules, according to CNBC. That means it’s still unclear if Tesla opening the doors at its factory in Fremont, California would be in violation of any shelter-in-place orders.
The company says it won’t penalize anybody for not getting back to work.
“However, if you feel uncomfortable coming back to work at this time, please do not feel obligated to do so. These are difficult times, so thanks very much for working hard to make Tesla successful!” Musk wrote.
Tesla also described an “enhanced” reopening strategy in the longer communications email. Any employee in defiance of these protocols would be sent home and be put on unpaid leave, it said.
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