Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that his factory in Fremont, California, has reopened this week in direct defiance of the state’s coronavirus lockdown, as reported by Fox News.
Musk has done so in defiance of the rules put in place by Alameda County, after previously clashing with county officials by threatening a lawsuit, while also vowing to move Tesla’s headquarters and future assets out of California in favor of a friendlier state such as Texas or Nevada.
In a Tweet addressing the reopening, Musk declared that he “will be on the line with everyone else,” and asked that “if anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”
County officials released a statement in response, asking that Tesla “maintain Minimum Basic Operations until we have an approved plan that can be implemented in accordance with the local public health order…we hope that Tesla will likewise comply without further enforcement measures.”
Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) said at a press conference that it is “my belief and hope and expectation” that the company will be able to resume operations “as early as next week.”