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The Bay Area ordered millions to shelter in place. Elon Musk had Tesla employees report to work anyway

The move placed Musk in an unusual standoff with local officials, who said the factory does not qualify as "essential business," the exemption for the roughly 7 million residents who are otherwise supposed to remain in place. Violation of the order carries a potential misdemeanor charge. Foto: AP/Mark Lennihan

SAN FRANCISCO - About two weeks ago, as stock markets plunged, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted: "The coronavirus panic is dumb."

That attitude appeared to stretch into this week. Despite a Bay Area-wide shelter-in-place order, he and other Tesla workers continued to work at the company's factory in Fremont, part of Alameda County...

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