Tesla resumed manufacturing activities on Monday in Fremont, California, in defiance of public health officials in Alameda County, where the plant is located. On Tuesday morning, Tesla picked up a high-profile endorsement for its reopening plan:
California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2020
In reality, the state of California had already given the green light for companies like Tesla to resume operations. It was health officials in Alameda County that were seeking a delay of at least an additional week to allow time to review Tesla's worker safety plans.
But those officials signaled late on Tuesday that they were ready to come to terms with the electric car maker. In a series of tweets, they said they had reviewed Tesla's reopening plans and "held productive discussions today with Teslas representatives about their safety and prevention plans.
"We have agreed that Tesla can begin to augment their Minimum Business Operations this week in preparation for possible reopening as soon as next week," another Tuesday evening tweet said.
No law enforcement official seems prepared to punish Musk for his initial defiance of county health orders. The Associated Press reports that the sheriff of Alameda County directed questions about the issue to the Fremont police department. Fremont police said they would act at the direction of county health officials.
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