Craft Stores and COVID-19 – What You Need to Know



12:21 | Monday April 6, 2020

As the limited supply of face masks and other protective gear continues to decline, many are turning to craft stores to purchase materials to make their own. This has caused some stores to look for ways to facilitate this while also dealing with the challenges of coronaviruses in their stores.

Retired nurse Ginger Pahos creates masks at her Maple Grove home. See this story here.

Here’s a look at what craft stores in the area are doing in response to COVID-19.


Michaels stores now often have reduced hours, with some completely closed. Stores that are open have variable hours – customers should check here for their local store. All open stores made curbside and contactless collection of merchandise available. The company has also updated its website with instructions on how to make face masks and plastic face shields – check here if you want to make your own.

Jo-Ann fabrics

Jo-Ann Fabrics has changed her store hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to give workers more time for cleaning and restocking. Curb and contactless pickup is available at all of their stores.

The company offers free face mask kits at all of its stores as part of its “Make to Give” program where customers are encouraged to make face masks to donate to hospitals and other areas of urgent need. Jo-Ann has set a goal of 100 million donated masks and says it is over 33 million now. The company has also partnered with Neiman Marcus to make hundreds of thousands of masks and scrubs for medical workers. And, to thank the employees for working during the COVID-19 period, Jo-Ann gave hourly employees at stores and distribution centers a pay raise of $ 2 an hour.

Hobby lobby

Hobby Lobby, the Northwestern Suburbs third largest craft store, has closed all stores until further notice. The employees were put on leave. The company said the move was to “allow our employees on leave to take full advantage of the pandemic unemployment compensation and clawback discounts provided to eligible employees by the federal government.”

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Brandon Bankston, Reports

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