Hobby Lobby to Close All Stores, Furlough Employees With No Pay After Claiming To Be ‘Essential Business’

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.”

Dave Yost

@Yost4Ohio

Hobby Lobby properly closed its stores during Ohio’s stay-home order.

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. https://images.app.goo.gl/qJmT2PL7nmehyPzQ6 

“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.

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