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All Hobby Lobby locations still open in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- All Hobby Lobby locations in Colorado Springs are still open despite a Public Health Order for all businesses to work under "minimum basic operations."

Both stores on Powers and Barnes and the 8th Street locations had dozens of people walking in and out of their doors.

An anonymous KRDO viewer whose loved one works at Hobby Lobby reached out with concern for employees and customers who are not following the public health order.

"I'm angry. I'm terrified. He could bring it home," she said.

Governor Jared Polis announced on Wednesday a stay-at-home order that only allows for essential businesses to stay open, with a few exemptions.

It reads in part, "all businesses required to close down their in-person work under this Order may continue to carry out Minimum Basic Operations as defined below. Businesses that can continue to operate through work at home arrangements with their employees are encouraged to do so."

Minimum basic operations are defined as, "The minimum necessary activities to (1) maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll, and employee benefits, or for related functions; or (2) facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their Residences are allowable pursuant to this Order. Any business supporting Minimum Basic Operations must comply at all times with Social Distancing Requirements."

A call to the third location in Colorado Springs on Woodmen and Academy Boulevard confirmed the store was open. When KRDO asked what part of the governor's order their business falls under, we were referred to a corporate number.

After three phone calls, the corporate number went unanswered. KRDO has also emailed Hobby Lobby for comment but hasn't received a response back.

Colorado Springs / Coronavirus / Health / Local News

Krystal Story

Krystal is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Krystal here.

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21 Comments

  1. Its sad that they have no regard for anyone and don’t care if anyone dies. As long as they make money. What is even sadder is Mayor Suthers won’t do anything about it because he thinks this is all a joke.

  2. Gross company made from gross cooperate hogs.
    I will never walk into a Hobby Lobby again. And I’m not alone. They’re putting people in danger, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they closed their stores down only if they *fire* everybody so they didn’t have to pay them through this pandemic.
    Not to mention the CEO’s wife is a nut job who thinks God is telling her to keep the stores open.

    No honey. God isn’t telling you anything. That’s your inner voice breeding greed and selfishness. I wonder how you plan to explain to God how you caused people to become ill, unemployed, destitute and possibly dead through you and yours’ actions. Enjoy that one.

    1. They are not putting anyone’s lives at risk. People who go out when feeling sick are putting people’s lives at risk. As to why they are open is probably they are falling under the same rules as a hardware store and people need stuff to do to keep from going insane. Or they just have a good lawyer that has told them that the order from the governor is unconstitutional which it is. And as far as them just wanting to make a profit is just stupid if you know anything about hobby lobby. The only 2 reasons bars aren’t open is

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      They are not putting anyone’s lives at risk. People who go out when feeling sick are putting people’s lives at risk. As to why they are open is probably they are falling under the same rules as a hardware store and people need stuff to do to keep from going insane. Or they just have a good lawyer that has told them that the order from the governor is unconstitutional which it is. And as far as them just wanting to make a profit is just stupid if you know anything about hobby lobby. The only 2 reasons bars aren’t open is one the state has threaten to take their liquor lic. And 2 they probably cant afford the good lawyer

    1. Lots of them will be laying down soon enough, but that’ll teach those pesky governors, doctors, and health care workers.

  3. What this company does normally shouldn’t be my business, but it is in this current reality we are in. This defeats the purpose of the stay at home orders to stop the spread and this selfish action impacts everyone. Why do they feel they are exempt from this order and the better question is why aren’t authorities doing something about it?! This is not only heartbreaking to see but is causing anger for those that are complying with the order.

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