Elon Musk could be arrested because he violated coronavirus restrictions reopening his Tesla factory in California.
“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,” Mr Musk said on Twitter. The Tesla plant employs 10,000 people. Many safety procedures were applied: employee temperature checks, increased cleaning, enforcement of social distancing, providing face coverings and gloves. There were also installed barriers between workers. The Fremont facility is Tesla’s only US vehicle assembly plant. California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday that Tesla and other manufacturers might be able to reopen their plants in the state as early as next week.
Elon Musk had an immediate reaction threatening to move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada. He also previously called the lockdown measures „fascist.” Californian law allows a fine of $USD1000 ($1548) a day or up to 90 days in jail for violating health orders. The Alameda County Public Health Department warned the company was operating in violation of the county health order. County Sheriff Sergeant Ray Kelly said any enforcement would come from Fremont police.