Tesla CEO, Elon Musk,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.
He said in tweet Monday afternoon that he will “be on the line,” a reference to the assembly line at the factory where Tesla makes the Model X, Model S, Model 3 and Model Y. He added “if anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”
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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020
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.
Tesla filed a lawsuit Saturday against Alameda 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.
He planned to bring back about 30% of its factory workers Friday as part of its reopening plan, after California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued new guidance that would allow manufacturers to resume operations.