Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the company is starting its factory operations amid the local government orders to remain closed. The company reopened the factories this Monday, reinstating its production defying the local orders. He also said that he is ready to bear the brunt and get arrested if at all this happened.
Elon Musk reopens Tesla factory amid lockdown
Tesla had filed a lawsuit against the county Alameda where its production unit is located, stating that the reopening should be considered essential. Elon Musk is vocally protesting the lockdown imposed across the country. He tweeted on Monday, saying that the company is restarting its production going against the rules, and he is ready to get arrested.
Musk Tweeted about reopening Tesla Factory.
The Tweet read,
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“Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules,”I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”
Workers asked to return to work
Business Insider reports that the employees have been asked to return to work by the company over text and phone calls. In case they do not report to work, they may lose their jobs.
The local authorities have not yet responded clearly on the tweet as only the critical and essential firms can open in California. Tesla founder has pressed again and again that the company should be given the actual status.
California Governor Spoke about the same
California Governor, Gavin Newson expressed that the company can expectedly resume operations by next week. He said in a video conference that My understanding is they have had some very constructive conversations”. “My belief and hope and expectation are as early as next week; they will be able to resume.”
Almeda County officials responded to the lawsuit
The Alameda county officials said that the authorities are engaging with Tesla to balance the local safety with business needs. A response was issued which said
“The team at Tesla has been responsive to our guidance and recommendations, and we look forward to agreeing on an appropriate safety plan very soon,” it noted. “We need to continue to work together so those sacrifices don’t go to waste and that we maintain our gains. It is our collective responsibility to move through the phases of reopening and loosening the restrictions of the Shelter-in-Place Order in the safest way possible, guided by data and science.”