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Tesla Shanghai Workers Can Return Home for First Time in Weeks

  • Carmaker has continued production under ‘closed-loop’ system
  • Covid-19 lockdown in Chinese financial hub weighed on economy
The Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai. The company started the closed loop in April following a three-week production halt.

The Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai. The company started the closed loop in April following a three-week production halt.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Thousands of Tesla Inc. workers in Shanghai will be able to return to their homes from Friday, exiting a factory bubble set up to maintain operations during the city’s recent Covid-19 lockdown as the carmaker looks to return to a normal production schedule in China.

Tesla has told workers, who have been living in makeshift accommodation to keep output going at the sprawling plant, that they can start leaving from Friday when their shifts end, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.