Tesla tells workers to return to California plant

Tesla on Monday told workers to return to its California electric-car factory in defiance of a local shelter-in-place order designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“We’re happy to get back to work and have implemented very detailed plans to help you keep safe as you return,” the company said in an email to workers.

Tesla on Saturday filed a lawsuit against Alameda County, where the Fremont factory is located, for ordering the factory to remain closed.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company was considering moving its California operations to Texas or Nevada due to the dispute. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that California should do whatever it takes to help Tesla reopen.

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