Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that his company will start production of cars at its U.S. assembly factory in Fremont, California on Monday, despite the stay-at-home order issued by Alameda County to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
Musk said in a tweet Monday afternoon that : ‘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.’
Musk has argued that restrictions put in place by Alameda County closing non-essential businesses, where Tesla’s Fremont factory is based, are overly aggressive and unconstitutional.
On Saturday, the company filed a federal lawsuit against the county, seeking injunctive relief, an effort to invalidate orders that have prevented the automaker from reopening.
Later that evening, Tesla issued a back to work plan in a 37-page document that outlines how it intends to restart production while keeping employees safe and preventing the potential spread of COVID-19