Authorities in San Francisco forced fast food restaurant In-N-Out to close temporarily after the company refused to force customers to prove whether they had taken COVID-19 vaccination.
Department of Public Health on Oct. 14 shuttered Fisherman’s Wharf In-N-Out location after the burger joint skipped checking customers’ vaccination status, which violated the mandate issued in August which required people dining in to have proof of vaccination, reported Fox News.
In a statement to Fox News, In-N-Out said, “All our stores have warnings posted which communicate clearly local vaccination requirements. After shutting our stores, local regulators informed us that we should demand proof of vaccination and a photo ID from each customer, then act as enforcement personnel barring any customer from entering who lacks proper documentation.”
“We refuse to become vaccination police,” the statement said, adding that the depart of health’s requirements were “invasive”, “unreasonable” and “unsafe” and accused city administration of forcing eating joints to “segregate customers” based on vaccination documents.
‘Disagree With Government’
The statement continued, “We disagree with government dictate that forces private entities to refuse entry of customers who patronize their business. This is a clear example of government overreach, is improper, offensive and intrusive.”
The store has reopened but without an indoor dining facility.
The state Department of Health said they had issued a notice for closure of the store on Oct. 14 for noncompliance with the “Safer Return Together Health Order”.
The health department in a statement said, “Vaccination is the best tool with which we can fight and defeat the disease and end the pandemic. In particular, vaccination is important in an indoor setting where people in large number gather, removing their masks and this results in making the spread of the virus easier. That is why we mandated proof of vaccination for indoor dining in San Francisco.”