California Gov. Gavin Newsom backs regional modifications to the statewide stay-at-home order, essentially backing Alameda County, which was one of seven jurisdictions that held back on reopening.
Tesla recently filed a lawsuit to resume making cars.
The Tesla factory in Fremont, California, which is in Alameda County, appeared to reopen this morning, following a weekend battle between Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and California Congresswoman Lorena Gonzalez.
“Manufacturing broadly throughout the state of California, is no longer restricted, with modifications,” Newsom said, adding that he spoke directly with Musk several days ago.
Noting that many of the restrictions lifted in California on Friday included manufacturing, Newsom indicated that Tesla can resume operations next week when Alameda County lifts those same restrictions.
“Over the weekend, as it relates to the health and safety of employees and that one particular facility, and the extent that they’re moving forward, we will work with the county health officials but again it’s county led enforcement,” Newsom said.
“In these cases, and to the extent their modifications are being violated, I imagine Alameda County Health Department would be the first to check in with and we’ll certainly be doing that as a follow up,” he added.