Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatens to move HQ out of California over Covid-19 restrictions

The American car manufacturing company, Tesla, has just sued state authorities over the lockdown for the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic. They took this step after the Fremont factory was stopped from reopening.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Threatens to Shift Head Quarter out of California

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The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, is not happy over Covid-19 restrictions as the state health departments stopped them from reopening their car-making factories to curb the spread of Corona Virus. That’s why he threatened to move the headquarter of their company from California to Nevada or Texas.

The company was eager to reopen Tesla’s Fremont factory in California when Alameda County’s health department shared their concerns over the reopening of car maker factories in the region. They stated that the local lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic would remain in effect until any further decision.

Tesla called this continued restriction as a ‘power grab’ by the county and filed a lawsuit against them in San Francisco federal court. In their statement, they mentioned that California’s governor already said that the manufacturers would be allowed to reopen their factories. So, they should also be allowed to reopen their Fremont factory as well.

They further added in the lawsuit that Alameda County was following neither the federal constitutions nor the California constitution. Moreover, they were defying the governor’s order.

According to the authorities of Alameda County, the state is scheduled to remain shut until the end of May. Only essential businesses would be allowed to reopen. However, they did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit filed by Tesla against them.

Elon Musk was not happy over this decision by the Alameda officials. So, he took it to Twitter on Saturday and threatened to shift his headquarter to another state.

He tweeted that if they are still able to retain Fremont manufacturing activities in the current state, they would still be observing how Tesla would be treated in the future by the state.

Working to develop safety plan

When the officials of Alameda County were contacted for any comment on the lawsuit, they said on that they had been working with Tesla to develop a safety plan before they allow reopening their factory in the state. They are hopeful to come to an agreement on the safety plan very soon that would ensure the protection of the health and well-being of thousands of employees in the factory.


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