In-N-Out Burger and the city of San Francisco appear to be fighting for a mandate for a vaccine against Covid-19. According to CBS San Francisco, the hamburger place was temporarily closed last Thursday because its employees did not check the evidence of vaccination for customers. Although the business has been open since then, they are now limited to exports.
For those who don’t know, this In-N-Out location is positioned in a tourist area called Fisherman’s Wharf. It usually welcomes guests for meals and outdoors and there is no possibility to drive.
However, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) has suspended operations because store employees were not fulfilling a city-wide mandate called “Safer Return Together Health Order.”
The mandate requires all restaurant employees to “actively intervene by requiring evidence of vaccination and photo identification from each customer, and then to act as law enforcement officials, prohibiting all customers from entering without proper documentation.”
Therefore, on October 14, a final notice of violation and a notice of closure for non-compliance were issued at the burger site. Apparently, the health department warned In-N-Out representatives about the requirement for proof of vaccination “several times” after visiting the restaurant on September 24 due to a complaint. During another visit on October 6, In-N-Out remained in violation.
Despite the suspension, In-N-Out continues to uphold its decision to serve all restaurant employees and “make everyone feel welcome.”
“We refuse to become a vaccine police for any government. It is unreasonable, invasive and dangerous to force our restaurant staff to divide customers into those who can be served and those who cannot, whether based on the documentation they carry or for some other reason, ”it says. in the statement. “We vehemently disagree with the government’s dictatorship, which forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is a clear crossing by the government and is intrusive, incorrect and offensive. “
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