Tesla to demand masks at Nevada battery factory

Tesla Inc. is telling workers at its Nevada battery factory that they will need to wear a mask indoors starting Monday regardless of vaccination status, joining the growing number of companies with mandates such as Covid-19 cases surge. .

Workers at the Reno-area facility were required to wear a mask if they weren’t vaccinated, but could avoid that requirement if they were, people familiar with the matter said. The company cited the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its policy change.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment. The Nevada government has said it can impose a mask mandate this week in the county where Tesla’s factory is located if transmission rates don’t improve.

Counties in the San Francisco Bay area, where Tesla has an automobile plant, required people to wear a mask indoors starting last week.

Tesla’s move follows a similar one by rivals from the Detroit auto company, who said last week they were reinstating a mask mandate for workers in all factories, offices and warehouses.

Source: WSJ

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