The COVID-19 pandemic, triggered by the new corona virus, has killed 100,000 people in the U.S., but many U.S. states are eager to restart the economy before things get under control, and billionaire Elon Musk has threatened to move operations to other states because California has not allowed it to reopen its Fremont plant. Unfortunately, even after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that Tesla could restart the plant, the Bay Area’s inner sub-region and several neighboring cities extended the home quarantine order until the end of May.
Despite Musk’s efforts to restart the plant, California and local administrative conflicts have left him grappating. In an earlier tweet, Musk lashed out at Alameda’s “Temporary Health Office,” saying the local restrictions were against the will of the state.
In addition to launching legal action against local governments (and calling on shareholders to add firewood), Musk has threatened to move his headquarters to Texas or Nevada because the Fremont plant is unable to reopen smoothly, depending on how they will be treated.