The company's website assures customers that it is safe to keep shopping, and that it's taking measures such as "enhanced cleaning" to prevent any spread of the virus at its stores.
“If an employee is suspected of having COVID-19 based on symptoms and/or known direct or indirect exposure, we will send that employee for medical care and to self-isolate at home, and will promptly coordinate with public health officials,” the company said in its “Notice Regarding COVID-19 Virus” on its website.
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The Business Insider report quoted one of the store’s district managers, who said in an email that he felt “very anxious about this whole situation.”
“Our management has doubled down on the work stance, and the district manager has said that our stores will remain open until the National Guard comes in and physically shuts the buildings down,” the employee wrote on condition of anonymity, Business Insider reported.
Hobby Lobby has about 43,000 employees at 900 stores in 46 states.
CBS News reported the chain had closed some locations around the country to adhere to legally required closures, but many remain open for business.
Green’s letter to employees dated March 19 said his wife, Barbara, had received a message from God telling the chain to stay open.
"We serve a God who will Guide us through this storm, who will Guard us as we travel to places never seen before, and who, as a result of this experience, will Groom us to be better than we could have ever thought possible before now," according to The Christian Post. "We may all have to 'tighten our belts' over the near future," he said.
The Daily Mail reported many store employees interpreted Green’s message to mean they would have divine protection from the virus.
The Oklahoma-based retailer won a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling exempting the company from providing certain contraceptive coverage for employees.
Locations in metro Atlanta are open in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austell, Canton, Cartersville, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Hiram and Kennesaw.
Hobby Lobby’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturdays. The store is closed Sundays.