March 18, 2020 / 2:53 PM / 15 days ago

Tesla California factory operating normally despite county coronavirus lockdown order-witness

FREMONT, Calif., March 18 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc's U.S. vehicle factory in California on Wednesday appeared to operate normally despite an order by the county's sheriff's office to comply with a three-week lockdown in the San Francisco Bay Area to rein in the spread of coronavirus.

Thousands of cars were visible on the factory's employee parking lot and employees were going to work, Reuters witnesses saw.

Several 18-wheeler container trucks were also seen pulling onto the factory grounds, according to the witnesses. (Reporting by Nathan Frandino and Shannon Stapleton in Fremont; Writing by Tina Bellon in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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