Davis Ace Hardware has received backlash from employees and the community via social media platforms for conducting “unsafe business practices during COVID-19.” With three employees testing positive for the virus, and many others experiencing symptoms, the store has chosen to remain open to the public.

On Dec. 18, the first positive test was announced to staff, and in the same announcement, store management stated that they would stay open throughout the rest of the holiday season. Just three days later on Dec. 21, eleven employees called in sick for their shifts, most claiming they were experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.

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