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The craft store chain Hobby Lobby seems determined to remain open despite restrictions in most states keeping only “essential businesses” running during the coronavirus pandemic. They’re so determined, in fact, that law enforcement had to shut down locations in both Wisconsin and Indiana on Monday after both briefly opened in the morning.
According to Business Insider, these openings were not isolated incidents. In states ranging from Colorado to North Carolina, Hobby Lobby has tried to insist that it qualifies as “essential,” even though government agencies disagree, since they don’t sell anything universally needed like food, toiletries, medicine, or cleaning products.
The conflicting orders between management and government has created a confusing and frustrating situation for on-the-ground employees. As they explained to Business Insider, they’ve been forced to choose between their jobs and the greater public good because of upper management’s decision to keep stores open.
“This has all been so stressful and exhausting,” said one employee. “I don’t want to stay home because I’m too lazy to work. I want to stay home to do my part to stop the spread of the virus.”
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