Many people in California are fed up with the state’s stringent lockdown (locally called ‘shelter in place’) regulations. The biggest West Coast state has lost 2,362 to Coronavirus, according to figures from John’s Hopkins University. Given the size of it’s population, a very reasonable number in comparison to countries of the same size.
Still, the only car factory in California, Tesla, is not allowed to reopen next week.
By now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has always been outspoken against the lockdown measures imposed in the US, is threatening to move the plant altogether.
Alameda County had said: “We welcome Tesla’s proactive work on a reopening plan, so that once they fit the criteria to reopen, they can do so in a way that protects their employees and the community at large.”
With this, it was clear that the car company would not be allowed to reopen on Monday, which angered Musk. The man who welcomed a baby boy with his girlfriend, Canadian singer Grimes, this week, has a history of anger tweeting and also this time round was no exception.
The 48-year-old Elon Musk tweeted to his 33 million followers that: ‘Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.’
Neither the Governors of California, Nevada or Texas have reacted yet.