David Green, CEO of US craft shop Hobby Lobby, has kept many stores open, saying God will help them through coronavirus.
The boss wrote to all employees, encouraging them to pray and saying he believes God will look after the company and that he appreciates all of his staff.
The letter does not mention keeping stores open nor sick pay but says that his wife Barbara Green felt God remind her that God was in control and that he will "Guide, Guard and Groom" us "to be better than we could ever thought possible before now."
The letter had come under fire though for appearing supportive of colleagues at a time when several of its stores remain open in the US despite the threat of Covid-19 and many staff are not given sick pay.
In a separate letter to store managers about the company's Covid-19 leave policy, Hobby Lobby says workers have to exhaust all other forms of leave before they are entitled to emergency pay - suggesting they have to take their own holiday days and former allowance of paid sick days.