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Tesla Reopens California Plant, Says It Has Alameda County’s Approval

May 18, 2020

Tesla Inc. told employees that a California county health official has now signed off on safety measures the company took last week at its car plant as it restarted production in defiance of the area’s shutdown order.

The Alameda County health officer’s approval means Tesla has local support to resume full production starting this week, Laurie Shelby, the company’s environmental, health, and safety vice president, wrote in an email to staff May 16 that was viewed by Bloomberg News. Representatives for Tesla and the county didn’t respond to queries outside regular business hours.

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