The city of San Francisco temporarily closed an In-N-Out fast food restaurant due to the company’s refusal to force customers to prove they are vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health closed the Fisherman’s Wharf In-N-Out store on October 14 after the popular burger restaurant failed to verify customers’ vaccination status, which violates an August warrant of the city demanding that diners inside show proof of vaccination.
In-N-Out, which operates 358 locations in the western United States, is owned by devout Christian Lynsi Snyder and is well known for including Bible verses at the bottom of soda and milkshake cups.
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“Our store displayed signage correctly and clearly to communicate local immunization requirements,” Arnie Wensinger, legal and business director of In-N-Out Burger, said in a statement to Fox News. “After our restaurant closed, local regulators informed us that our restaurant associates should actively intervene by requiring proof of vaccination and photo ID from each customer, and then act as enforcement personnel in prohibiting entry to any customer without the proper documentation. “
“We refuse to become the immunization police for any government,” Wensinger said, calling the San Francisco Department of Health’s demands “unreasonable, invasive and dangerous” and accusing the city of asking restaurants to “Segregate clients” based on immunization documentation.
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“We strongly disagree with any government diktat that requires a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to sponsor their business,” the statement said. “This is clearly government overreach and it is intrusive, inappropriate and offensive. “
The store has since reopened, but meals inside are not available.
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In a statement to Fox News, the San Francisco Department of Health confirmed that the company received a notice to close the Fisherman’s Wharf location on October 14 for “failure to comply with the Safer Return Together health order. “. The ministry added that the company had been warned several times before the notice of closure was served.
“Vaccines remain our best tool to fight this disease and get out of the pandemic,” the statement said. “Vaccination is particularly important in an indoor public setting where groups of people gather and remove their masks, factors that facilitate the spread of the virus. This is why San Francisco requires proof of vaccination for indoor meals.