Tesla factory workers in California will be exempt from new coronavirus restrictions taking effect Saturday in the state because they are considered essential, after CEO Elon Musk feuded with authorities over an earlier shutdown.
“The limited stay-at-home order does not apply to employees deemed essential workers — manufacturing is listed as an essential workforce,” said California’s Department of Public Health, specifying in particular transport products and equipment.
The exemption will allow Tesla’s auto assembly plant to avoid a new curfew across much of California while continuing to abide by a health plan already in place.
The 10:00 pm to 5:00 am stay-at-home order, apart from essential activities, will take effect Saturday evening and remain in force through December 21.
Some 94 percent of the population is affected by the curfew, including residents of Alameda, where the electric car manufacturer’s plant is located.
In May, Musk feuded with authorities over the reopening of the California plant and threatened to move his headquarters and future projects to Texas or Nevada.
He at one point announced the restart of production on Twitter and challenged authorities to stop him.
Last month, Tesla said profits in the previous quarter more than doubled as the electric car giant forecast deliveries hitting 500,000 this year.
Covid-19 infections have spiked nationwide in the United States, prompting a number of states to take measures to try to slow its spread.
US case numbers surpassed 12 million on Saturday.
Colorado governor and husband test positive for COVID — and all Broncos QBs are benched amid outbreak
The COVID-19 pandemic hit Colorado hard on Saturday.
"Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his husband, Marlon Reis, have tested positive for COVID-19," The Colorado Sun reported Saturday. "The governor’s office says both are asymptomatic and isolating in their home."
The governor and first gentleman aren't the only people testing positive.
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‘Trump endangered America’s democracy’: President’s delusion broken down in brutal WaPo analysis
President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the fact that he lost the 2020 presidential election was the focus of a Washington Post deep-dive published online Saturday night.
The story, by Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Amy Gardner, was titled, "20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election."
"The facts were indisputable: President Trump had lost. But Trump refused to see it that way," the newspaper reported. "Sequestered in the White House and brooding out of public view after his election defeat, rageful and at times delirious in a torrent of private conversations, Trump was, in the telling of one close adviser, like 'Mad King George, muttering, ‘I won. I won. I won.'’"
Female kicker makes college American football breakthrough
Vanderbilt University kicker Sarah Fuller made collegiate American football history Saturday as the first woman to play in a "Power Five" contest in the Commodores' 41-0 loss to Missouri.
Fuller, goalkeeper for the school's Southeastern Conference champion women's soccer squad, was given the chance to play on the gridiron after Covid-19 testing left Vanderbilt without a kicker.
"I was really excited to step out on the field and do my thing," Fuller said.
Because Vanderbilt's offensive unit sputtered, her contribution was limited to a single play -- the second-half kickoff. She punched the ball to the Missouri 35-yard line, a tricky low offering compared to the usual deeper kicks, where the Tigers fell upon it.