The In-N-Out burger chain in San Francisco was temporarily shut down by the city’s health department last week after they refused to check the vaccination status of customers dining indoors.
The company’s outlet at the Fisherman’s Wharf location was the only restaurant that was closed in San Francisco for violating Covid-19 health protocols. Under the current mandate, effective August 20, patrons dining indoors must show proof of full vaccination.
But officials said the outlet refused to follow the protocol despite repeated warnings.
“Vaccination is especially 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 feeding,” the department said in a statement. new York Times.
While the restaurant was closed on October 14, it was reopened the next day, but only for takeout, reported ABC News.
Although In-N-Out acknowledged the breach of protocol, however, it condemned the government’s action.
Ernie Weinsinger, the burger chain’s chief legal and business officer, said, “We refuse to be the vaccination police for any government. It’s unfair, offensive and unsafe to force our restaurant associates to isolate customers.” and those who cannot, whether on the basis of the documents they have or for any other reason.”
The outreach team of the city’s Joint Information Center, which visited the restaurant, was the first to ask the outlets on September 24 to follow the Covid-19 protocols. Denver Gazette. In a follow-up visit on 6 October, inspectors found that the restaurant was still accepting customers without asking for proof of vaccination, after which it filed a notice of infringement and closure.
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Credit: www.independent.co.uk / San Francisco