Hobby Lobby closing stores, furloughing thousands

04 Avril, 2020, 07:44 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Hobby Lobby closes all stores due to Coronavirus closing orders- CBS Dallas  Fort Worth

Arts and crafts supply store Hobby Lobby is expected to close all of its locations Friday; employees that are furloughed will receive no pay from the company for the duration of the closures. An employee in IN told Business Insider his manager said she will continue to work, though "has no idea why she will still be there" if stores are closed.

After cease-and-desist letters from OH and Colorado were sent to Hobby Lobby from other states where stores were found to open, the company made the decision to temporarily shut its doors.

Many state and local governments have issued orders to close all nonessential businesses to curb the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, Dallas County, Texas, deputies served Hobby Lobby with cease and desist orders.

Hobby Lobby is closing all of its stores nationwide and furloughing most of its employees without pay, according to a statement shared on the company's website Friday afternoon.

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After quietly reopening stores across the country in defiance of coronavirus-related state lockdown orders, Hobby Lobby is closing all stores nationally and furloughing employees without pay.

Employees are being encouraged to file unemployment claims with their state unemployment commissions. "Our honest gratitude goes out to our dedicated employees at this hard time, and we look forward to the day when we can welcome them back, once we are able to reopen".

Earlier, he said Hobby Lobby had properly closed its stores during the state's stay-home order but then reopened.

Newsweek reached out to Hobby Lobby for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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