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Elon Musk restarts Tesla factory in defiance of county orders

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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

 

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