Tesla CEO Elon Musk Tweeted out today that he plans to resume production at the Alameda County facility against the “stay-at-home” orders in place in the County. Musk also said that he would be on the line with production employees and that he would be willing to go to jail.
“Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules,” he said in a tweet. “I will be on the line with everyone else. 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
According to Business Insider, Tesla employees were called and texted to be told that work would resume. They claim that their jobs were risked if they did not feel comfortable to return to work.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a press conference on Monday that he expected Tesla to be able to open sometime next week.
“My understanding is they have had some very constructive conversations,” he said in a video press conference. “My belief and hope and expectation is as early as next week, they will be able to resume.”
Musk has seen a massive outpouring of support for his decision to resume production.