Tesla is allegedly putting workers to sleep on the factory floor as it plans to gradually resume production this week.
Elon Musk’s Chinese factory has adopted a ‘closed-loop’ system to restart production amid the city’s strict Covid-19 lockdowns.
Each worker was given a sleeping bag and bedding, according to details in a memo to workers seen by Bloomberg.
Tesla employees in these closed bubbles will be provided with three meals a day and a daily allowance of around 400 yuan (£48).
However, since the factory (which opened in 2018) does not have any dormitories, workers will be required to sleep on the floor in a designated area.
The other spaces, which are not yet completed, are said to be dedicated to bathing, entertainment and dining.
According to the memo, only workers who have been vaccinated twice and who live in the lowest-risk residential areas will be allowed to re-enter the factory.
Tesla arranged special travel certificates and shuttle buses to bring these employees back to the factory.
Upon arrival at the factory, workers will receive daily Covid-19 tests for the first three days, with regular temperature checks and frequent hand washing added to the new routine.
Tesla factory workers are required to work overtime 12 hours a day for six consecutive days a week with one day off. Before the shutdown in March, employees had to work for four consecutive days followed by two days off.
The new working conditions will reportedly remain in effect until May 1, but are subject to change.
Shanghai officials have encouraged Tesla’s “closed-loop” system to enable factories in the city to return to work to make up for lost production days in the past few weeks.
Tesla’s Shanghai factory produces its Model 3 and Model Y cars.
On Monday, factories in Shanghai prepared to reopen as the most populous city in China attempted to return to normal after a nearly three-week shutdown due to Covid-19.
Tesla’s Shanghai plant was producing just over 2,000 electric cars per day before it was forced to shut down as China pushed through a no-virus policy.
Last week, Beijing said it had drawn up a “white list” of 666 companies in Shanghai that will have priority to reopen, including Tesla and Volkswagen.
Musk said in January that Tesla expects to deliver more than 1.4 million vehicles this year.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Tesla for comment and will update this article when we receive a response.
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