Arnie Wensinger, In-N-Out's legal and business officer, told the Washington Examiner the restaurant chose to ignore the order, calling it a "clear governmental overreach."
"We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government," Wensinger said. "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."
Wensinger also said the restaurant has been allowed to reopen, but indoor dining is unavailable for the time being. He also said prior to shutting down that the restaurant properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health said the city's Joint Information Center Outreach Team visited the restaurant on Sept. 24 to help it comply with the order. Inspectors visited the restaurant a second time on Oct. 6, only to find it was still not asking indoor customers to show proof of vaccination. The inspectors eventually filed a notice of violation and a notice of closure to the restaurant on Oct. 14 after asking it multiple times to comply with the law.
"Vaccines remain our best tool to fight this disease and come out of the pandemic," the department told the Washington Examiner. "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."
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Original Author: Asher Notheis