He tweeted again a few hours later, saying that the craft store had agreed to close their shops tonight in response.
Hobby Lobby primarily sells craft supplies but is also a source of material used in classrooms and by home-schoolers for educational purposes. In Ohio, schools and educational operations are considered essential so long as they are providing distance learning. Also considered essential, according ot the state ordered issued last week, are businesses that supply essential businesses.
An employee at the Beavercreek store Wednesday said Hobby Lobby is considered essential by their manager because the stores provide fabric and educational supplies.
Stores in Springfield and Hamilton remain closed Wednesday, according to the people who answered phones at the stores.
Police in Wisconsin, however, responded when Hobby Lobby opened 17 out of 20 stores in Wisconsin, according to Business Insider. Wisconsin is also under a stay-at-home order.
Police forced a store in West Allis, Wis. to close because it was violating an order on non-essential businesses, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
WKLY reported a similar response by police in Jefferson, Ind., about one hour after the store reopened on Monday.
Hobby Lobby has more than 900 stores nationwide. Thirty-two states have enacted shelter-in-place orders, Business Insider reports.
A Hobby Lobby representative could not be reached for comment for this article.
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