Tesla CEO Elon Musk has threatened to move the company’s headquarters to Texas or Nevada.
This development occurred in a series of tweets earlier Saturday, as Musk thinks the shelter-in-place rules are less restrictive these places.
According to CNN, Tesla filed suit Saturday night against Alameda County, California, after local officials there refused to let the company reopen its Fremont factory.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday. Musk tweeted, “Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately,”
The automaker had planned to allow a fraction of its factory workers to return to work by Friday, but was warned by the Alameda County Health Department in a livestreamed town hall on Friday that such a move would be violating the county’s rules.
“This has been a collaborative, good faith effort to develop and implement a safety plan that allows for reopening while protecting the health and well-being of the thousands of employees who travel to and from work at Tesla’s factory,”
The Alameda Health Department responded on Saturday in a statement to CNN Business.
“The team at Tesla has been responsive to our guidance and recommendations, and we look forward to coming to an agreement on an appropriate safety plan very soon.”