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Alameda County blinks first as it allows Tesla to reopen Fremont factory

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FREMONT, CA - MARCH 18: A parking lot at Tesla's Fremont factory is seen in Fremont , Calif. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

Earlier this week Tesla CEO Elon Musk took it upon himself to re-open his factory in Fremont, against the orders of Alameda County.

The situation was complicated by the fact the state of California had said manufacturing would be allowed to resume, only to have the county set its own rules to say it must remain shutdown.

Musk stood his ground, winning support from some unlikely sources like US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and US president Donald Trump, and has now reached an agreement with Alameda County that will allow the factory to officially reopen next week.

The Alameda County Public Health Department announced the agreement on Twitter, saying that after discussions with the automaker, additional steps can be taken to ensure it is opened in a safe manner.

Additionally, it would work with Fremont Police “to verify Tesla is adhering to physical distancing and that agreed upon health and safety measures are in place for the safety of their workers as they prepare for full production.”