Attorney General denies request that JoAnn Fabrics remain open during pandemic

(Photo Supplied/JoAnn Fabrics)

A well-known craft and hobby retailer has been ordered to close its storefronts in Michigan during the state’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order.

The Michigan Department of Attorney General has denied the request of JoAnn Fabrics, which had asked that its storefronts remain open during the pandemic.

The retailer had asked the Attorney General’s office to confirm that its on-site operations are deemed essential, as many hospitals and volunteers are turning to them for raw materials to make face masks, face shields and hospital gowns.

However, due to the company’s ability to provide the same goods through online sales, the storefronts were deemed unnecessary.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday that the stay at home order was issued “to protect the public health and welfare of Michigan residents”, and while she can appreciate the desire of businesses wanting to remain open, there must be common sense protections in place.

JoAnn Fabrics stores statewide have since complied with the order and modified their business operations.

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