Elon Musk Announces California Tesla Plant Will Restart, Says If Anybody Is Arrested It Should Be Him

Saturday, Tesla chief Elon Musk tweeted:

Tesla is filing a lawsuit against Alameda County immediately. The unelected & ignorant “Interim Health Officer” of Alameda is acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!

Now Musk appears to be restarting production despite not having the okay to reopen from Alameda Health Officer Erica Pan.

DailyCaller reports Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Monday the restart of Tesla’s Alameda County, California, production plant.

The billionaire entrepreneur also promised to “be on the line” with his workers and used Twitter to ask police to only arrest him if an arrest is required.

Musk’s announcement comes after Alameda County Public Health Department interim health officer Erica Pan said Friday that Tesla does not have the okay to reopen.

“Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules,” Musk tweeted Monday afternoon. “I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”

After long criticizing coronavirus restrictions imposed on businesses in the state by local authorities as well as Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, even labeling them as “fascist” during a first-quarter Tesla earnings call last month, Musk promised to move production from California to Texas or Nevada.