October 29, 2020

Several Tesla employees reportedly contracted the coronavirus after Elon Musk opened its factory despite shelter-in-place orders

“Several” Tesla employees tested positive for the coronavirus after Elon Musk defied local shelter-in-place orders to resume production at the company’s factories, the Washington Post’s Faiz Siddiqui reported Tuesday.

Managers held meetings to inform employees of the cases and that the affected people were told not to come in to work, according to two anonymous employees who spoke to the paper.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

The positive cases are exactly what varying forms of shelter-in-place orders around the country — decried by Musk as fascist —were designed to prevent.

The billionaire took to Twitter at the very beginning of the pandemic in March to call the panic surrounding it “dumb.” He doubled down on that take as deaths skyrocketed, saying “FREE AMERICA NOW.”

And once Tesla’s business was threatened by shelter-in-place orders in Alameda County, which contains its Fremont factory, Musk launched into a profanity-laced tirade on Tesla’s first quarter earnings call.

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