The Denver Post reports:
Hobby Lobby locations across the Denver area were open to shoppers Monday despite the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jared Polis last week mandating all non-critical businesses shutter until April 11. The chain’s decision to stay open in the face of coronavirus social-distancing orders hasn’t gone unnoticed on social media.
Employees from locations nationwide have been outspoken on Twitter, claiming the company exploits loopholes in orders similar to Colorado’s to stay open. People have shared photos of signs posted at Hobby Lobby stores that say they’re essential businesses because they sell materials for making personal protective equipment and homeschooling supplies.
In Colorado, though, the answer is clear: Hobby Lobby and other crafty outfitters like it are not essential under Polis’ public health order.
Last week Hobby Lobby’s CEO told workers nationwide to continue to report for their shifts because God told his wife that they’ll be protected.
What if you received a termination letter like this? It’s happening to hard working people w/ no fault of their own. While other companies are truly helping their workers with paid leave and benefits, HL is doing the opposite. I hope Hobby Lobby never reopens once this is done. pic.twitter.com/jusm3tcFjE
— LucyLoo (@iSupportLeah) March 29, 2020
— Official Hobby Lobby (@HobbyLobby) March 18, 2020