All Tesla employees on the firm’s battery manufacturing facility in Reno, Nevada shall be required to put on masks indoors starting Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported. The plant already required employees unvaccinated towards COVID-19 to put on masks indoors, however the brand new rule consists of vaccinated employees as effectively.
Based on the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, Nevada has seen greater than 26,000 new COVID infections up to now month, and 298 deaths. The middle estimates that almost 47 % of the state’s inhabitants has been vaccinated.
Initially of the pandemic final 12 months, Tesla CEO Elon Musk pushed again towards COVID restrictions, together with stay-at-home orders in Alameda County, California, the place its Fremont plant is situated. Whereas the corporate ultimately agreed to temporarily shut down operations on the Fremont facility in March 2020, Musk announced in May 2020 that he was reopening the plant in defiance of native shelter-in-place orders, going as far as to sue the county and threatening to maneuver Tesla operations out of California. In November, Musk tweeted that he probably had a “moderate case of covid.”
On August third of this 12 months, California updated its mask rules, requiring everybody 2 years of age and older to put on masks in indoor public settings, no matter vaccination standing.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak revived that state’s mask mandate late final month, simply forward of recent steerage from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Folks in Nevada should put on face masks indoors in public in counties which have “substantial or excessive transmission,” which included Clark, the place Las Vegas is situated, and Washoe, the place Reno is.