"I will be on the line with everyone else", the chief executive officer said in a tweet Monday. "If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me".
Early Monday, the parking lot was almost full at the massive factory, which employs 10,000 workers, and semis were driving off loaded with vehicles that may have been produced before the shutdown.
Alameda County says it is expecting Tesla to submit its safety plan for approval, and that until that approval the company can not resume normal production.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday said he spoke to Musk several days ago and that the Tesla founder's concerns helped prompt the state to begin its phased reopening of manufacturing last week.
"As it relates to Tesla, I have always been a strong advocate and supporter, early adopter with technology". The county has been in an ongoing dialogue over employee health-screening procedures and said it will continue to review Tesla's plans.
"This is the final straw", Musk angrily tweeted, "Tesla will now move its headquarters and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately". "We get lured in by the "Tesla Dream" of saving the planet only to get treated so poorly that even though I love my job, I'm not willing to risk my health for him", said the source, presumably referring to Musk. An Alameda County supervisor who represents Fremont, Shawn Wilson, told CNBC that it will be up to the Fremont Police Department to enforce the public health order. To follow through on those threats, the CEO would have to uproot numerous roughly 20,000 employees the carmaker has in the San Francisco Bay area.
During his briefing, Newsom said he "understands that they had had very constructive conversations with the people at the facility", Newsom said of the county-society talks. Musk pointed to that as an example of how the company could reopen responsibly elsewhere.
Tesla's Fremont plant had been closed since March 23.
Public health experts have credited the stay-home orders with slowing the spread of novel coronavirus, helping hospitals handle an influx of cases. But it has killed almost 80,000 people in the USA, with the death toll rising.
Your move, Alameda County.
In a statement, officials said they expected a plan from Tesla later on Monday and "hope Tesla will likewise comply without further enforcement measures".
Newsom's office did not immediately comment Tuesday. Mayor Lily Mei, who has expressed support for Tesla, also did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
State law allows a fine of $USD1,000 ($1548) a day or up to 90 days in jail for operating in violation of health orders.
In Alameda County, where Tesla's factory is located, officials made a decision to expand stay-at-home orders and nonessential business closures through the end of May.
He said he was willing to be arrested if necessary.
It would be costly and hard to quickly shift production from Fremont to Texas or Nevada. Model S sedan as it makes its way along an assembly line at company's assembly plant in Fremont, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Some auto parts plants were to restart production this week. But Tesla relented, he said, and agreed to check workers.
"I don't know that the county is reaching out with a level of confidence", Sanchez said.