- The San Francisco Department of Public Health ordered the closure of the only In-N-Out Burger store in the city.
- Health inspectors found that they did not verify the vaccination status of their clients at their premises and asked them to cease their operations.
- Asking clients for their vaccination card to be able to eat inside an establishment is a mandate in the city of San Francisco since August 20.
In-N-Out restaurant closed in San Francisco, California, for refusing to comply with the city’s vaccination mandate, but the company ends up challenging authorities.
On October 14, the San Francisco City Department of Public Health ordered the closure of the only In N Out Burger store in the city for not verifying the vaccination status of its customers. The company was not happy about it and defied authorities.
In-N-Out restaurant closed due to vaccination mandate and they defy the authorities
Asking customers for their vaccination card to be able to eat inside an establishment is a mandate in the city of San Francisco since last August 20. However, the In N Out Burger restaurant refused to abide by this rule.
In fact, after last week the health inspectors found that they did not verify the vaccination of the clients and asked them to cease their operations, the company ended up annoyed by arguing that they did not want to become “vaccination police”.
In N Out statement
“We refuse to become the vaccination police of any government,” Arnie Wensinger, the network’s chief legal and commercial officer, wrote in a statement. “It is unreasonable, invasive and unsafe to force our restaurant associates to segregate customers into those who can be served and those who cannot, either because of the documentation they carry or for any other reason.”
“We totally disagree with any government ruling that forces a private company to discriminate against customers,” it reads. “This is a clear government overreach and is intrusive, inappropriate and offensive,” the statement continued.
Complaints to the Department of Health
The restaurant noted in the statement that the San Francisco In N Out Burger had “adequate and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements.”
Even so, the city’s Department of Public Health received a complaint through its 311 service line, as explained to CBS MoneyWatch. The authorities had already warned the restaurant on several occasions that they had to comply with the city’s vaccination standard.
The disobedience of the establishment generated a closure order by the authorities, although the In N Out store at 333 Jefferson Street reopened the next day but only as takeout.
“Vaccination is particularly important in an indoor public setting where groups of people gather and remove masks, factors that facilitate the spread of the virus … That is why San Francisco requires vaccination testing for indoor meals,” the department explained.
Other cities, same measure
San Francisco is not the only city that has implemented a vaccination mandate to be able to enter restaurants and other establishments. So have New York and New Orleans.
Authorities say the health measure prevents a faster spread of the coronavirus, but it also represents a new responsibility for restaurant owners who have to confirm the vaccination status of each customer who visits them.
Complicate logistics or protect people?
According to a CNBC report earlier in the month, the task can be daunting for some fast food places, who have preferred to close their seats indoors because of the personnel and security problems that it entails.
In N Out restaurant closed due to vaccination mandate and they defy the authorities
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