Tesla will reportedly require workers at its Nevada battery factory to wear masks

Tesla will reportedly require masks as its Nevada plant | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

All Tesla workers at the company’s battery factory in Reno, Nevada will be required to wear masks indoors beginning Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported. The plant already required workers unvaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks indoors, but the new rule includes vaccinated workers as well.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, Nevada has seen more than 26,000 new COVID infections in the past month, and 298 deaths. The center estimates that nearly 47 percent of the state’s population has been vaccinated.

At the beginning of the pandemic last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk pushed back against COVID restrictions, including stay-at-home orders in Alameda County, California, where its Fremont plant is located. While…

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