Californians were spotted panic-buying and enjoying a last supper out before a month-long nighttime curfew that started Saturday as surging coronavirus cases threaten to swamp health care systems.
However Tesla factory workers in the state will be exempt from new restrictions because they are considered essential, after CEO Elon Musk feuded with authorities over an earlier shutdown.
The newest restrictions require people to stay home from 10pm to 5am unless they are responding to an emergency, shopping for groceries, picking up takeout or walking their dogs. The month-long curfew could be extended if rapidly worsening trends don’t improve.
‘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