The decision follows a sharp explosion of Twitter executives in recent weeks who rejected closure orders intended to stem the spread of new coronaviruses. In a tweet on Monday, Musk said he would be at the factory, “in contact with everyone.”
Musk argues that the restrictions imposed by Alameda County to close unnecessary business, on which the Fremont Tesla plant is based, are too aggressive and unconstitutional. On Saturday, the company filed a federal lawsuit against the county. Musk also threatened to relocate Tesla manufacturing out of California.
Musk has received support from several in the Trump administration. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Monday that the California government must work harder to reopen the local economy.
“He is one of the biggest employers and producers in California, and California must prioritize doing whatever they need to do to solve the health problem so he can open up quickly or or they will find, because he is threatened, he moves his production to a country that different, “Mnuchin said.
But speaking to reporters on Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom was suspended to local officials, saying each area was reopened according to conditions on the ground.
“Again, this is district-led enforcement,” he said. However, Newsom said he “deeply respected” Tesla and its founder and said he had spoken to Musk “a few days ago.”
Newsom added that he expects the county to allow Tesla to reopen “at the earliest next week,” based on his understanding of interactions between companies and local officials.
Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.