San Francisco closed In-N-Out's fast-food restaurant temporarily due to refusal of the company to require customers to prove that they have been vaccinated against coronavirus.
After the popular burger joint failed to check their customers' vaccination status, the San Francisco Department of Public Health closed Fishermans Wharf-In-Out on Oct. 14, violating an August mandate by the city that requires indoor diners show proof of vaccination.
In-N-Out has 358 locations in the west United States. It is owned and operated by Lynsi Snyder, a devout Christian. They are well-known for including Bible verses at bottom of milkshake and soda cups.
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Arnie Wensinger, In-N-Out Burgers Chief Business and Legal Officer, stated that the store had posted signs to inform local vaccination requirements. "After closing our restaurant the local regulators informed me that our restaurant Associates had to actively intervene and demand proof of vaccination from each Customer. They then act as enforcement personnel, barring any customers without proper documentation.
Wensinger stated, "We refuse to be the vaccination police for any country," and criticized the San Francisco Department of Health's requirements. He also accused the city of asking restaurants "segregate customers" based upon vaccine documentation.
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The statement stated that "We strongly disagree with any government directive that forces a privately owned company to discriminate against customers choosing to patronize their businesses." This is clearly a government overreach, which is intrusive and inappropriate, as well as offensive.
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Since then, the store has reopened. However, indoor dining is no longer available.
London Breed, San Francisco Mayor, speaks at a news conference held outside Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. This was to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown that occurred on March 17, 2021 in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Fox News reported that the San Francisco Department of Health had issued a notice of closing for Fisherman's Wharf on Oct. 14 due to "noncompliance" with the Safer Return Together Health Order. According to the department, the closure notice was not the first time the company had been warned.
The statement stated that vaccines are still our best weapon to combat this disease and get out of the pandemic. In public indoor settings, where people gather and remove their masks, vaccination is especially important. This makes it easier for the virus spread. San Francisco requires proof that you have been vaccinated for indoor dining.