After a surprising reopening last week in which it claimed it was an essential business during the coronavirus pandemic, Mathis Brothers furniture store in Indio has temporarily closed again.
JUST IN: Mathis Brothers in Indio agreed to close in-person sales after reopening last week, according to Riverside County Public Health. The store should be closed today. Full story tonight on @NBCPalmSprings
— Daytona Everett (@EverettDaytona) April 20, 2020
The store’s website notes, “Our Indio, California showroom is closed temporarily. We are excited for our opportunity to re-open to the public and to once again be your one-stop shop destination for home furnishings.”
A Mathis Brothers manager told KESQ last week that the store is an “essential” business, and was exempt from the state stay-at-home order. Health officials disagreed.
The opening came at the same time that many Americans were set to receive stimulus checks from the federal government – and, as it turns out, most Americans decided to use their stimulus checks to buy necessities like food and gas rather than a La-Z-Boy or dining set.
Riverside County spokesperson Brooke Federico told the TV station on Monday that store owners voluntarily agreed to close in-person sales as of today.