Hobby Lobby had attempted to remain open by labeling itself as an essential business, and therefore not under the prohibitions of the stay-at-home orders. Stores in Texas, Colorado, Ohio and Michigan were reopened despite the mandates.
“Hobby Lobby properly closed its stores during Ohio’s stay-home order,” tweeted Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Wednesday. “Now they’re open again — what’s changed? Neither the order, nor the seriousness of the health threat, for sure. I sent a cease & desist letter to their general counsel.”
“We encourage furloughed employees to file their claims with their State’s unemployment commissions as soon as possible,” read a statement by Hobby Lobby on Friday.