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Elon Musk restarting Tesla factory in California, violating government orders

Elon Musk restarting Tesla factory in California, violating government orders”

Billionaire Elon Musk announced Monday that Tesla would resume production in Alameda County, California, in defiance of local orders dictating a continued lockdown on manufacturing over coronavirus concerns.

Having complained over the weekend about being the only carmaker in the USA still shuttered by the Covid-19 lockdown, Musk announced on Monday that Tesla is restarting production "against Alameda County rules". "I will be on the line with everyone else".

"If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me", he wrote.

In an email seen by Reuters, Tesla also reportedly told workers the decision to reopen was in line with California guidelines.

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Shift workers were back on the job at Tesla's assembly plant in Fremont, Calif., on Monday even though county health officials haven't given the go-ahead for a reopening, KPIX-TV reported.

"Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules", Musk tweeted just before 5 p.m.to his 34 million followers. Alameda county chose to keep restrictions in place until the end of May and the Alameda County Health Department said the factory could not reopen on Friday.

"Tesla knows far more about what needs to be done to be safe through our Tesla China factory experience than an (unelected) interim junior official in Alameda County", he tweeted.

Musk's tweet alluded to the fact that while the state of California has eased lockdown rules to allow manufacturing, Alameda County where the Tesla plant is located has stricter rules. Tesla will now move its headquarters and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen [t] on how Tesla is treated in the future.

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The local police department said that it was aware of the situation, but that it would act at the discretion of county health officials.

On Monday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin voiced support for Tesla's effort to reopen its factory and a Texas county said it would welcome the firm.

"I don't know that the county is reaching out with a level of confidence", Sanchez said. "But he wanted it this week".

Early in the coronavirus crisis, Newsom praised Musk as the "perfect example" of the private sector assisting the state in the pandemic. They're working to focus on the health and safety of the employees at that facility. Vehicle crashes don't spread like a virus, and more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed every day in recent weeks.

Another video shared on Twitter shows some of the measures taken by the Shanghai factory to ensure that going back to work presented a minimum risk to workers, such as a mask disinfection cabinet every 200 metres and spaced tables in the canteen. Since both sources are paid by the hour, they won't be paid unless they go into work.

The statement did not cite repercussions the company could face and officials said they would not elaborate further.

Mr Musk said if anyone should be arrested for defying the decree by reopening the California based plant it should be him.

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