Tesla (TSLA) - Get Report CEO Elon Musk is moving forward with reopening the electric vehicle maker's Fremont, California factory despite an ongoing state-wide stay-at-home order.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, a number of employees returned to the plant on May 6 to begin preparations for reopening some production lines at the factory.
However, Alameda County authorities declared Tesla's factory a non-essential business in March, and while California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said that some manufacturing operations may soon be allowed to reopen, he has not yet specified which industries or companies this includes.
Either way, Musk is getting ahead of that decision by prepping his Fremont factory.
Musk has been an outspoken critic of stay-at-home rules, which are being used to varying degrees across the country to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
On an earnings call in April, Musk compared shelter-in-place orders to imprisonment.
"I would call it, 'forcibly imprisoning people in their homes' against all their Constitutional rights, in my opinion, and breaking people's freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong and not why people came to America or built this country. It's an outrage," he said.
Must has also tweeted about the stay-at-home orders.
However, health experts agree that stay-at-home rules are essential to stemming the spread of the virus.