SF Restaurant In-N-Out Refuses to be the Vaccine Police

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IN-n-Out Burger Stands up against mandates

Resisting Vaccine Mandates

In-N-Out, a restaurant chain with 350 stores mostly in California and in the SouthWest, had some strong words for the city of San Francisco. The business, owned by devout Christian Lynsi Snyder, was cited for violation of the health protocols of the city.

Its store at Fisherman’s Wharf was temporarily closed by the San Francisco Department of Health on October 14. The Department issued a Notice of Closure citing “noncompliance with the Safer Return Together Health Order” in relation to the city’s Covid-19 health protocols. This was after a public complaint and asking the store multiple times to comply with the rules.

Arnie Wensinger, its chief legal and business officer, released a statement on Tuesday against the vaccine mandate.

“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.

Government Overreach

The store posted the vaccine requirement but the staff of the store were not actively checking for vaccination status which was against the rules of the city.

The store has already reopened since, but not for dine-in customers. In the coming months, the business might find itself under more pressure from the government as the city of Los Angeles will implement similar rules for dine-in customers on November. In-N-Out has 5 locations in Los Angeles and surrounding cities.

Though widely being considered as a policy for public spaces, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told CNN in August that vaccines can no longer prevent transmission.

“Our vaccines are working exceptionally well,” she said. “They continue to work well with delta with regard to severe illness and death, but what they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission.”

Reactions to In-N-Out's Temporary Closure

The statement In-N-Out Burger made about their San Francisco store being closed by the health dept. Bravo to their CEO.

@Badge415

Yay, In-N-Out! Thank you for having principles and refusing to do the state's dirty work. If you live near an In-N-Out, please pay them a visit! (Also, the burgers are delicious lol)

Lauren Chen

A word about burgers & freedom. In-N-Out makes California's best burger. In-N-Out is also the 1st major coorporation daring to stand up to the vaccine mandates. "We refuse to become the vaccination police" From now on I will only eat burgers at In-N-Out.

AJ Steel

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