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Ohio AG issues cease-and-desist order to Hobby Lobby for staying open amid COVID-19 pandemic

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UPDATE: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says within hours of sending the cease-and-desist letter, lawyers for Hobby Lobby said all of their stores will be closed effective Wednesday evening.

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Attorney General has issued a cease-and-desist order to Hobby Lobby after the company’s stores re-opened amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


“Hobby Lobby properly closed its stores during Ohio’s stay-home order,” Yost tweeted Wednesday.

“Now they’re open again – what’s changed? Neither the order, nor the seriousness of the health threat, for sure.”

Yost said he has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the general counsel for Hobby Lobby.

All 19 Hobby Lobby locations in Ohio were open as of Wednesday afternoon.

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