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Craft store operations not essential, according to AG Nessel

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 18:29:24-04

LANSING. MICH. — JoAnn Fabrics' request for their in-store operations to be deemed "essential" has been denied by Michigan's Attorney General's office.

The Attorney General responded to their request in a letter Monday, citing the Frequently Asked Questions section of the guidelines for businesses trying to determine if they are able to keep operating as normal.

"No." Says the guidelines relating to craft/hobby stores. "...The provision of items used for crafts or hobbies are not considered necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and basic operation of residences under the order."

While the Attorney General's office did recognize that volunteers and medical professionals were using raw materials from JoAnn's to make masks in order to protect themselves from COVID-19, they do note that the services needed to obtain these materials can be done through their distribution centers or online sales, making keeping storefronts open a violation of the Governor Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order.

“I’d like to thank JoAnn Fabrics for its quick response to our letter and for putting the health and safety of Michigan’s residents first in making this decision,” Attorney General Nessel said.