According to Bloomberg, Tesla’s Shanghai facility will stay shuttered for another day as the city complies with severe lockdown measures prompted by an increase in COVID-19 instances. Tesla allegedly urged staff to remain home on Sunday to comply with the city’s COVID regulations, according to a corporate document seen by Bloomberg.
Tesla was scheduled to begin production at the Shanghai facility on Monday, April 4th, according to an earlier report from Reuters, since certain stay-at-home orders were likely to finish. Workers in the eastern part of the city, where Tesla’s facility is situated, are still subject to COVID-related movement limitations, and the city has yet to announce when they will be lifted.
Tesla shut down its facility on March 28th, the first day of the city’s two-stage shutdown, with the intention of keeping it offline for only four days. The plant will be shuttered for one week starting Monday. Due to an increase in COVID-19 instances, Tesla previously shut down its Shanghai facility for two days in mid-March.
The Shanghai plant is Tesla’s largest, producing roughly 6,000 Model 3 and 10,000 Model Y vehicles every week, according to Reuters. Despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk dubbing the first quarter of 2022 a “exceptionally” tough quarter owing to supply chain problems and the Shanghai plant’s closure, the company claimed a record 310,048 car deliveries on Saturday. Tesla is due to build a new manufacturing in Austin, Texas this week, while a factory in Berlin, Germany was opened last month.