Christian-owned Hobby Lobby, one of the largest arts-and-crafts retailers, says it’s taking all measures to help minimize risks of shopping during the coronavirus pandemic and trusting in God.
“While we do not know for certain what the future holds, or how long this disruption will last, we can all rest in knowing that God is in control … To help ensure our Company remains strong and prepared to prosper once again when this passes, we may all have to ‘tighten our belts’ over the near future,” founder and CEO of the company David Green wrote to all the employees last week.
Many retailers have closed their stores or reduced hours in the wake of the coronavirus scare, including Chick-fil-a and Walmart. More than 100 retailers have shut all their stores, according to Forbes.
Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta criticized Hobby Lobby for remaining open in states that have not announced a lockdown. “The chain, owned by the evangelical Green family, is refusing to shut down no matter how much harm they could be creating for their employees and customers,” he wrote.
However, on its website, Hobby Lobby says it “continues to closely monitor the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus to ensure we are following recommendations from health authorities. We have also proactively implemented measures to help minimize risks of shopping in our stores.”
Another crafts retailer, Michaels Stores, also remains open. “We are taking precautionary measures to ensure that our corporate office, stores, distribution centers and other facilities minimize risks,” Michaels Companies Inc. says on its website. “We are increasing the cleaning of cashier and framing counters, store classrooms, shopping cart handles, door handles, bathrooms, breakrooms and other high-traffic and high-touch areas. We have also developed dedicated communication channels to share information and preventative guidelines with our Team Members.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar