Factory leaders sent messages to workers at the Fremont plant’s paint and stamping plants asking them to respond and confirm if they are planning to come to work, according to Bloomberg.
Tesla temporarily closed its Fremont plant on March 23, but continued to try to convince local officials that the plant was an “essential business” that should not be subject to the shelter order on site. The company argued that it should be classified as “national critical infrastructure” under the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
However, the Alameda County health worker determined that keeping the factory open was a public health risk, and Fremont chief Kimberly Petersen told Tesla the rules would not be suspended for the installation of Fremont.
It is unclear what action the Fremont Police Service would take if workers returned to the Fremont factory before the shelter was lifted on site. An email to the department was not immediately returned on Sunday morning.
The Fremont plant produces Tesla Model 3, Model S, Model X and Model Y vehicles.
Several other automakers are looking to restart production in early May, but GM and Ford have yet to announce official reopening dates. United Auto Workers says members believe opening May “Too early and too risky.” Ford and GM are unionized stores, Tesla is not.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment from The edge on Sunday.