A popular burger spot in San Francisco was shut down by the City’s Department of Public Health for the reason that the restaurant refused to enforce the state’s coronavirus restrictions, making it the only restaurant being shut down in San Francisco for violating the mandate.
The Only One In San Francisco
On October 14, In-N-Out, located at the company’s Fisherman’s Wharf, was the only In-N-Out location in San Francisco but was temporarily shut down by the Department of Public Health. This is due to the reason that the restaurant repeatedly ignored warnings to enforce the vaccination mandate by the state that is keeping the COVID-19 from spreading.
According to Daily Mail, ‘Safer Return Together Health Order’ of San Francisco came into effect on August 20, which orders public establishments such as restaurants, gyms, bars, general entertainment venues must ask for the customer’s vaccination proof before allowing them to go inside.
However, the authorities had said that the popular burger chain had refused to decline customers who could not show vaccination proof to dine in. This has happened many times, and according to the Department of Public Health, the restaurant kept ignoring the warnings.
According to CBS MoneyWatch, the city’s Department of Public Health had first learned about the violation when complaints were heard to its 311 service line.
Refuse To Become The Vaccination Police For Any Government
Arnie Wensinger, the In-N-Out’s Chief Legal and Business Officer, as per Daily Mail, declared that
“We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government.”
Wensinger said in a statement that the burger joint had adequately and clearly communicated vaccine requirement through signage before its shut down and proceeded to add that it is unreasonable, unsafe, and invasive to force the restaurant Associates to separate customers from those who may be served and those who may not be based on the proof that they carry or for any other reason.
Wensinger also criticized the city’s Department of Public Health’s decisions and wrote ‘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 governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive,’ according to The Guardian.
The Department of Public Health spokesperson wrote in a statement that vaccines are still the best tool in fighting the disease. That vaccination is very important in a public indoor setting where groups of people are gathering and removing masks which is a factor that makes it easier for the viruses to spread. The burger spot has since reopened but without indoor dining.
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