Elon Musk defies orders, reopens California factory

Tesla, the largest car manufacturing employer in California, brazenly defied the county’s public health order and opened its doors Monday after putting some safety precautions in place.
2:17 | 05/12/20

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We'll turn to Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla is defying stay-at-home orders daring authorities to arrest him by re-opening his California factory. Governor Newsom is weighing in and Matt Gutman has the latest. Reporter: Hey, good morning, George. Governor Newsom said Tesla could start production as early as next week. Elon Musk says he wants it to start now so Tesla has begun to churn out new cars arguably becoming the nation's biggest company to openly challenge the state's authority by starting production in defiance of public health orders. This morning, Tesla, the largest manufacturing employer in California defying the county's public health orders saying it opened its doors on Monday after instituting some safety precautions. The company's Fremont plant shuttered since March 23rd. Now rows of car, delivery trucks and workers seen at the plant showing the tech giant creeping back to production. I'm happy to come back to work. Reporter: It comes after a days' long standoff with local leaders with billionaire Elon Musk filing a federal lawsuit against Alameda county alleging it's violating constitutional freedoms. I want to make sure that we can do it like I said in a safe way. Reporter: Tensions still running high as musk tweeted if anyone is arrested I ask that it only be me. Governor Gavin Newsom trying to defuse the situation hours later. I have great expectations we can work through at the county level the issue with this particular county and this company in the next number of Reporter: Of course, California is 1 of 45 states nationwide starting to ease restrictions but many have not yet met the white house's guidelines to see a 14-day decline in cases before they start easing restrictions. That's because for many it would be weeks, even months away leading to the kind of confrontations we've seen here between business and government. Michael. Could be the start of something. All right, Matt, thank you so much.

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