Health officials in Alameda County, where the Fremont factory is based, said late Monday they were aware that Tesla had opened beyond the so-called minimum basic operations allowed during lockdown, and had notified the company it could not operate without a county-approved plan.
In a statement, officials said they expected a proposal from Tesla later on Monday and “hope Tesla will likewise comply without further enforcement measures.” The statement did not specify consequences and said officials would not comment further.
The county’s order says violations are punishable by fine, imprisonment or both.
Alameda County health officials did not respond to requests for comment on whether they would take any steps to shut down factory operations.
A spokeswoman for the Fremont Police Department on Monday said her office was enforcing the lockdown order at the direction of the health department and had been advised that the county is working with Tesla directly.
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