Hobby Lobby finally closed all of its stores in the United States after the craft supply company received a backlash for staying open in at least one state in the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic.
© Larry W Smith / EPA via Shutterstock The Hobby Lobby craft store in north Dallas is closed after officials posted for them to no longer open to the public in Dallas on April 3, 2020. Almost all the employees of the store will be put on leave, as well as a large part of the employees of the company and the distribution, according to a press release from the company.
The closure and leave took effect Friday evening and will remain in effect until further notice, the statement said.
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Colorado stores were still open on Wednesday despite the fact that they were considered a non-core business and had to close. Colorado’s attorney general’s office, Phil Weiser, then sent a cease and desist letter to the Hobby Lobby.
In the company’s statement announcing its closure, it appeared to defend its previous decision to remain open.
“We know our customers were counting on us to provide essentials, including materials to make personal protective equipment, such as face masks, educational supplies for the countless parents who now educate their children at home and their children.” thousands of small craft businesses. who rely on us for the supplies they need to make their products, “the statement said.
The company also detailed the steps it has taken to provide a safer shopping environment, including installing physical barriers between customers and cashiers.
While the stores are closed, the company is ending emergency leave and paid leave. Employees will continue to receive medical, dental, life, and long-term disability benefits for employees while on leave at least May 1, 2020, according to the Hobby Lobby statement.
The coronavirus crisis in the United States, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic, has forced the majority of states to order the closure of all non-core businesses.
Only nine states have not implemented formal statewide home stay orders: Arkansas, Iowa (all non-essential businesses closed until April 7), Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma (closed all non-essential businesses), South Carolina (closed all non-essential businesses), South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming (closed all non-essential businesses last Friday)
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