Elon Musk has said Tesla’s sole US car plant has restarted production, defying an order to remain closed during the coronavirus lockdown.
The billionaire, who just days ago threatened to move the facility out of California, said if anyone should be arrested for flouting the rules – it should be him.
His bold move comes as states and cities around the US experiment with ways to safely reopen their economies after the COVID-19 outbreak shuttered businesses and forced millions of Americans out of work.
Over the weekend, Musk threatened to move Tesla’s HQ to Texas or Nevada.
His move has highlighted the competition for jobs and ignited a rush to woo the executive by states that have reopened their economies more quickly in response to encouragement from Donald Trump.
In an email on Monday, Tesla referred to an order on Thursday by California’s governor allowing manufacturers to resume operations and said that as of Sunday, previously furloughed employees were back to their regular employment status.
“We’re happy to get back to work and have implemented very detailed plans to help you keep safe as you return,” according to the email seen by the Reuters news agency.