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Bay Area In-N-Out Closes Over Refusal To Implement Vaccination Checks

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In-N-Out is blasting the city of San Francisco and the city's vaccine mandate. The company first snapped back at the city after the Department of Public Health temporarily shut down its Fisherman Wharf location on October 14th for failure to check customer vaccine cards. The city enacted a policy back on August 20th that guests must show vaccine proof in order to dine at restaurants in San Francisco. Since then, multiple warnings went out to the establishment after reports that employees were not checking customer vaccine cards, directly violating the city's policy. According to the SF Chronicle, In-N-Out acknowledged the violations of the mandate, calling the policy “intrusive, improper, and offensive” governmental “overreach.” The Department of Public Health was first notified of the violations by the chain burger restaurant from the 3-1-1 call line.

In-N-Out’s Chief Legal and Business Officer Arnie Wensinger said this in a statement: "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 a clear government overreach."

A survey from the Golden Gate Restaurant Association says they found that 60% of restaurants in San Fransisco saw a drop in business due to the new health order. No word yet on when the Fisherman's Wharf location may reopen or the penalty that may come down on the popular California chain.

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