“Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now immediately move his headquarters and future plans to Texas / Nevada,” tweeted Musk. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
“This was a collaborative and bona fide effort to develop and implement a safety plan that allows for reopening while protecting the health and well-being of the thousands of employees traveling to and from work at the Tesla plant,” replied the department Alameda health on Saturday in a statement to CNN Business. “The Tesla team responded to our directions and recommendations and we look forward to reaching an agreement on an adequate security plan very soon.”
“We have worked with [Tesla], but we didn’t give the go-ahead, “said Erica Pan, Alameda county health officer, during the town hall on Friday.” We have not said that it is appropriate to move forward. “
Tesla’s suit, filed with a federal court in northern California on Saturday night, calls for a permanent injunction that prevents the county from enforcing its order of refuge. The company said it believes it is exempt because its operations fall under the definition of critical infrastructure.
On Saturday, Musk also encouraged Tesla’s shareholders to file class-action lawsuits against the county for any loss of money, as Tesla’s competitors in other states could resume their operations earlier. He said Tesla should be authorized to reopen because he learned to manage Covid-19 through his factory in Shanghai, China, which is currently the company’s only operating facility.