Hobby Lobby stores in several states have been refusing to follow stay-at-home orders issued by governors. Such was the case in Ohio, where several locations opened their doors despite Gov. Mike DeWine’s order.
On Wednesday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that the stores had finally closed after he sent Hobby Lobby’s lawyers a cease-and-desist letter.
“Hobby Lobby properly closed its stores during Ohio’s stay-home order,” he tweeted. “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.”
I received a phone call within the hour from the general counsel of Hobby Lobby, informing us they were closing their stores tonight in Ohio in compliance with our cease-and-desist letter. https://t.co/PLf9iIA8pH
— Attorney General Dave Yost (@Yost4Ohio) April 1, 2020
In a follow-up tweet, he confirmed the stores had closed up shop.
“I received a phone call within the hour from the general counsel of Hobby Lobby, informing us they were closing their stores tonight in Ohio in compliance with our cease-and-desist letter,” he wrote.
Employees have been frustrated by company executives ordering managers to keep stores open.
“Management is being so secretive and won’t be open with what’s going on,” one Ohio employee said to Business Insider. “We also don’t have the employees to do the extensive cleaning that they say we are doing on the website because payroll keeps telling management to cut hours. I’m just very anxious about this whole thing and don’t understand why no one is helping us employees out with this situation.”
“The main thing is they’re not really telling us anything. Last Monday we closed because we were a nonessential business basically, and that was fine with me. Not even four days later, we’re reopened because they’re saying we’re essential now,” another employee added.
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.