Tesla CEO Elon Musk defied an existing Alameda County order to close non-essential businesses and dared the local authorities to arrest him.
“Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me,” said Musk in his twitter page.
He later tweeted that it seems that his company is being “singled out.”
“Yes, California approved, but an unelected county official illegally overrode. Also, all other auto companies in US are approved to resume. Only Tesla has been singled out. This is super messed up!,” he said.
On Saturday, the company filed a federal lawsuit against the county.
Musk has also threatened to relocate Tesla’s manufacturing out of California and move it to either Texas or Nevada.
In a statement Monday afternoon, county officials said they are negotiating with Tesla on a plan to reopen the plant more fully, said CNN.
“We continue to move closer to an agreed upon safety plan for reopening beyond Minimum Basic Operations by working through steps that Tesla has agreed to adopt,” the Alameda County Public Health Department said in a statement.
“These steps include improving employee health screening procedures and engaging front-line staff on their concerns and feedback regarding safety protocols,” it added.