Hobby Lobby Ignores Stay Home Orders In Ohio, Indiana & Wisconsin

Carla Harmon
April 4, 2020

Several Hobby Lobby locations across the country appeared to defy local ordinances on the closure of non-essential businesses this week and opened their stores to the public, according to local media reports.

Authorities in several Midwestern states have forced Hobby Lobby to close stores in locations now under mandated stay-at-home orders that deem the arts and crafts store as a nonessential business during the spread of the coronavirus.

Officials in OH and Colorado took action against the company shortly after a report revealed Hobby Lobby had re-opened some locations - and had provided store managers with a guide for what to do "if visited by an authority".

On Wednesday, several Hobby Lobby locations in Colorado remained opened. Neither the order, nor the seriousness of the health threat, for sure.

"Just because a bowling alley sells bottled water doesn't make them an essential enterprise", Yost says. "This will be done in conjunction with the local health department". However, the longer people ignore the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive orders the longer it will take for each state to get back to normal.

Now, the arts and crafts retailer has a sign posted on some store doors that says, " Operating as an essential business Offering PPE Mask supplies, educational supplies, office supplies, and various components for at home small businesses", CBS reported.

But in IN, some fabric stores are re-opening and workers have reached out to us with concerns.

"These laws need to be enforced. But the enforcement is very, very important".

A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health said in an email that officials on Monday spoke with employees at the Solon store and said the store had voluntarily closed. "Breaking the order is breaking the law".

Hobby Lobby did not immediately respond to a request for comment about any directives its corporate office has sent to local stores about operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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