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In-N-Out defies San Francisco vaccine mandate: 'We refuse to become the vaccination police'

“We refuse to become the vaccination police,” In-N-Out Burger says of San Francisco's tough indoor-dining rules.

10/20/2021 3:47:00 AM

“We refuse to become the vaccination police,” In-N-Out Burger says of San Francisco's tough indoor-dining rules.

An In-N-Out restaurant in San Francisco was briefly shut down by the health department for not enforcing the city's vaccine mandate

The In-N-Out Burger at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf — the chain’s only location in the city — was shut Oct. 14, KRON-TV first reported Tuesday. It has since reopened, but without indoor dining. San Francisco has one of the toughest vaccine mandates in the country, requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining, which went into effect Aug. 20.

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In-N-Out said it posted signs at the restaurant stating the vaccine requirement, but its employees were not enforcing compliance.Arnie Wensinger, In-N-Out’s chief legal and business officer, lashed out at the city’s vaccine mandate in a statement Tuesday.

“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,” he said in a statement emailed to MarketWatch. “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. headtopics.com

“This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive.”The San Francisco Department of Public Health told Eater and the San Francisco Chronicle it has asked In-N-Out on multiple occasions to comply with the proof-of-vaccination rules, following a public complaint. Its refusal led to the temporary shutdown.

In-N-Out appears to be the most prominent opponent of enforcing the city’s vaccine mandate, which otherwise has rolled out fairly smoothly. While some have complained about COVID restrictions hurting businesses, California’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has fallen to 1.9%, its lowest since July 3. San Francisco’s test-positivity rate is 1.64%, leading the city to drop some of its mask requirements last week.

San Francisco is one of the few cities in the country so far requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining, along with New York City. In-N-Out’s stance may trigger a bigger brouhaha next month, when the city of Los Angeles’ similar vaccine mandate goes into effect. In-N-Out has five locations in Los Angeles proper, and many more in surrounding cities, some of which are considering similar mandates.

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You just gained a new customer. Bravo 👏 it's like china...think about it..same bull from both governments I feel like getting a In N Out burger Wear a mask.. not to difficult if you don't want to get Vaccinated. Yet they're still complaining.. Asia been wearing mask since the Sar pandemic even after they still wear a masks. Wear a mask if your sick out in public at work no one want your catch your nasty.

Does that mean your food prep workers are unvaccinated as well? Good for them!! I think I need a burger 🍔 now Vote w ur dollars folks More of this They should set up shop in Escalon we would love to have them Just Wear a mask

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Love that! NEVER liked their food but did appreciate how they treated my college students. Won't be going back.

Next up! Good! Dumb move bro!

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