San Francisco In-N-Out Closed Over Refusal To Enforce Proof Of Vaccination, "Refuse To Become Vaccination Police"

By Paula Gallagher··  2 min read
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San Francisco’s only In-N-Out Burger was temporarily closed over the company’s refusal to enforce proof of vaccination at the door.

On October 14, the San Francisco Department of Public Health closed the Fisherman’s Wharf In-N-Out location because the restaurant didn't require customers to prove that they had been vaccinated against Covid-19 to dine inside. The department said this violated the city’s August mandate that stated all indoor dining customers must show proof of vaccination, and that In-N-Out had failed to comply with the mandate after repeated warnings.

In-N-Out released a statement, saying they conveyed the vaccination requirements: “Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements.”

The statement continued, “After closing our restaurant, local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer, then act as enforcement personnel by barring entry for any Customers without the proper documentation.”

"We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government."

However, In-N-Out strongly disagrees with the city’s mandate and its implications, saying, “As a Company, In-N-Out Burger strongly believes in the highest form of customer service and to us that means serving all Customers who visit us and making all Customers feel welcome. We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government. It is unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe to force our restaurant Associates to segregate Customers into those who may be served and those who may not, whether based on the documentation they carry, or any other reason."

The company’s statement concludes with a condemnation of the proof of vaccination mandate as an inappropriate use of power: “We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive.”

The San Francisco location was reopened the next day, but only for takeout. In-N-Out has 358 locations in the western U.S. and is owned by devout Christian Lynsi Snyder.

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