SF Temporarily Shuts Down In-N-Out After Company Comes Out Against Vaccine Mandates

In-N-Out Burger signs fill the skyline on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Calif. (AP Photo/Adam Lau)

The In-N-Out hamburger chain is sizzling mad after San Francisco shut down its indoor dining for refusing to check customers’ vaccination status.

The company’s Fisherman’s Wharf location — its only one in San Francisco — was temporarily shut by the Department of Public Health on October 14. They reopened the next day for takeout only.

In a statement, In-N-Out said:

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. 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.

We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive
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The San Francisco Department of Public Health responded, “Vaccination is particularly important in a public indoor setting where groups of people are gathering and removing their masks, factors that make it easier for the virus to spread… This is why San Francisco requires proof of vaccination for indoor dining.”

With San Francisco’s vaccine mandate, The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro asks if employees should be forced to check the vaccination status of customers. Is it part of their job, or just too much to ask of a minimum wage employee?

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