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The Wall Street Journal: Tesla to start requiring masks for all at its Nevada gigafactory

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

Workers at the Reno-area facility previously had been 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.


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

Tesla’s move follows a similar one by its Detroit car company rivals, which said last week that they were reinstating a mask mandate for workers at all factories, offices and warehouses.

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