Sand Francisco’s only In-N-Out Burger location was briefly shut down by the Department for Public Health after the business refused to check customers’ vaccination status.
According to ABC local affiliate Eyewitness News 7, “the restaurant was ordered to cease all operations last week after health inspectors found workers repeatedly failed to verify that customers who were eating inside were vaccinated.
They reopened the next day for takeout only. But representatives of the burger joint are defiant after the closure, saying in part that they “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. This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive,” the statement continued, according to the report.
“Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements,” they added.
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.”
Read more at ABC’s Eyewitness 7.