Hobby Lobby and other craft stores reopen in the Triangle region

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The Hobby Lobby and Michaels stores in the Triangle reopened on Friday.

“I walked all the aisles, I admit. I just wanted to stay there all day. I’m glad they opened, but I’m terrified. I think we should wait until it improves, ”Creedmoor’s Kim Holmes said.

Craft stores aren’t essential, so why are they allowed to reopen? Not essential
businesses can apply for an exception through the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

The NCDOR assesses decisions on whether companies can stick to Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order and follow social distancing guidelines. Hobby Lobby and Michael’s got exceptions.

“I’m glad they’re starting to reopen, but I really think it’s important to keep the numbers down and practice social distancing,” said Amy Holdombeck, who visited Hobby Lobby for her 4- project. H. “Because I have old people in my family, and it would be really bad if I brought it to them at home. “

But when it comes to hair salons, beauty salons, and tattoo parlors, they are not allowed to request an exception.

According to the NCDOR, this is because these companies have direct contact with customers and cannot follow state guidelines for social distancing.

“My son is a tattoo artist and it’s too close,” said Holmes. “It’s blood. So that, I’m a little nervous about this.

Non-essential businesses can submit a reopening request here: https://www.ncdor.gov/home/ncdor-actions-covid-19/covid-19-essential-businesses.


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