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Arts and crafts retailer reverses decision to reopen in Ohio after receiving cease-and-desist letter

Hobby Lobby defied Gov. Mike DeWine and reopened its Ohio stores—it didn’t go over well

Hobby Lobby, file photo (Source: Sue Ogrocki)

By John Deike | April 1, 2020 at 8:51 PM EDT – Updated April 1 at 11:32 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOIO) – Hobby Lobby closed its Ohio stores in the wake of Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, but in a controversial move, the arts and crafts retailer reopened it’s locations on Wednesday morning.

Upon hearing the news, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued a cease-and-desist letter, which ordered Hobby Lobby to shut down.

By Wednesday night, Yost had received word from the retailer’s legal staff that the stores would be closed immediately.

I received a phone call within the hour from the general counsel of Hobby Lobby, informing us they were closing their stores tonight in Ohio in compliance with our cease-and-desist letter.

— Dave Yost (@Yost4Ohio) April 1, 2020

DeWine pulled no punches earlier today regarding non-essential businesses that attempt to defy his order;

This is a national emergency. What people do in their lives is normally their own business. But when what you do endangers other people, we have to take action. Local authorities do have the ability to enforce the order when a non-essential business refuses to close.

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) April 1, 2020

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