Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Monday that the company’s only U.S. auto factory will resume production in California in violation of Alameda County’s measures to stay at home, asking him to be the only one to be arrested if necessary.
Musk he will join the factory production line when production starts up again.
“If someone is arrested, I ask that I be alone,” he wrote in a tweet.
“We are happy to get back to work and have implemented very detailed plans to help you stay safe when you return,” Tesla said in an email informing California Governor guidance about the reopening of manufacturers and said that the car maker’s employees are no longer on leave.
Health officials in Alameda County said on Monday that the county is negotiating with Tesla about a plan to reopen the facility, adding that they know the company has already reopened after the authorized base operations. Officials said they expected a plan from Tesla on Monday and “hope that Tesla will comply without further enforcement measures.”
“We are moving closer to an agreed safety plan for reopening after the minimum of basic operations by going through steps approved by Tesla,” said a statement from the Alameda County Public Health Department. “These steps include improving employee health screening procedures and involving frontline workers in their concerns and feedback on safety protocols.”
Measures that the province continues to take at home to fight the coronavirus pandemic are punishable by fine or imprisonment for offenders.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that he supports the reopening of Tesla, noting that Musk is “one of the largest employers and manufacturers in California, and that California should prioritize everything they need to do to fix those health problems so that it can open quickly and safely. “
California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday that he has spoken to Musk in recent days and has “great reverence” for Tesla. He added that he has also had “ very constructive talks ” with the county and Tesla representatives and hopes the Tesla plant can be reopened “ as early as next week. ”