Billionaire Chief executive of U.S electric car maker Tesla Inc. (TSLA) Elon Musk announced he will be reopening the company’s factory in California to resume normal production activities. This is the only factory the electric vehicle manufacturer has in the United States.
Reopening the factory would mean defying orders from county’s health authorities directing the plant to remain closed due to the pandemic hence the CEO will be risking arrest. Well, Musk claims he will still go ahead and reopen the factory and if anyone has to be arrested, then, it has to be him.
States and cities across the United States have been weighing options to seek safest ways possible to resume normal operations which had been brought to a complete stand still by the pandemic, rendering millions jobless.
Over the weekend, Musk threatened to dump California for Texas or Nevada if the authorities insisted for the factory to remain closed. His sentiments challenged many states to reopen their economies as soon as possible since a lot is at stake with continued closure of businesses.
In an email sent by California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom over the weekend, he allows manufacturers to resume operations promising them any support needed.
“We’re happy to get back to work and have implemented very detailed plans to help you keep safe as you return. Furlough Has Ended And We Are Back To Work in Production!” read the Governor’s email.
Musk took it on twitter claiming he will be joining employees in the California factory back to work further claiming if anyone will have to be arrested at the factory then it will be him.
The health officials of Alameda County where the factory is based, acknowledged being aware of Tesla’s plans of resuming operations at the factory beyond the basic operations allowed during lockdown.
The officials said they had notified Tesla that they can’t resume operations without a county approved plan further adding they expect a proposal from the company as soon as possible. “Hope Tesla will likewise comply without further enforcement measures,” said the health officials.