An In-N-Out fast food joint in San Francisco, California was recently shut down for refusing to abide by new COVID related rules in the city.
The Fisherman’s Wharf In-N-Out location was closed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health on Oct. 14 after the restaurant did not check the vaccination status of customers.
The company’s refusal was a violation of an August mandate from the city requiring indoor diners to show proof of vaccination.
The store has since reopened, but in order to avoid having to comply with the mandate, indoor dining is not available.
In a statement to Fox News, In-N-Out Burger’s Chief Legal and Business Officer, Arnie Wensinger slammed the golden city’s new dictates.
Wensinger insisted, “Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements.”
“After closing our restaurant, local regulators informed us that our restaurant associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer, then act as enforcement personnel by barring entry for any Customers without the proper documentation,” Wensinger explained.
Wensinger declared, “We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government. We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business.”
The San Francisco Department of Health responded with a statement of their own to Fox News where it confirmed that the company was issued a notice of closure for the Fisherman’s Wharf location on Oct. 14 for “noncompliance with the Safer Return Together Health Order” after being warned multiple times before the closure notice was served.
“Vaccines remain our best tool to fight this disease and come out of the pandemic. 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. That is why San Francisco requires proof of vaccination for indoor dining,” the statement added.
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