In-N-Out closes more dining rooms due to vaccine needs
In-N-Out Burger’s ongoing statement about vaccine requirements in California has spread to more places this week.
The Irvine, Calif.-Based burger chain closed the dining rooms at five locations in Contra Costa County, in the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Area, after one of the ‘them was closed by local health authorities for failing to check the vaccination status of his guests.
All five locations remain open for drive-thru and take-out.
The restaurant closures follow a similar situation in San Francisco earlier this month, when the company’s restaurant in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood was temporarily closed due to the company’s refusal to verify vaccination status.
“As a business, In-N-Out Burger strongly believes in the highest form of customer service and for us that means serving all customers who visit us and making all customers feel welcome. “said Arnie Wensinger, Legal and Commercial Director. . “We refuse to become the immunization police for any government. It is unreasonable, invasive and dangerous to force our restaurant associates to separate customers into those who can be served and those who cannot, whether based on the literature they carry or for any other reason. “
Support is scarce for In-N-Out, which is otherwise relatively quiet. Still, he’s lobbied harder as local California jurisdictions begin to require diners to be vaccinated and restaurants request proof of vaccination for restaurant patrons.
Rather than shutting down the restaurant service like many other limited-service restaurants have done, In-N-Out has chosen to continue serving restaurant customers until they are told not to. , then to remain open only for take-out.
The Contra Costa rule went into effect on September 22 and requires proof of vaccination for diners 12 and older.
More than a month later, Contra Costa’s environmental division of health services closed the In-N-Out restaurant at 570, boul. in Pleasant Hill, Calif., for the restaurant’s refusal to verify vaccine documentation.
“We strongly disagree with any government dictate that requires a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business,” Wensinger said. “This is clearly government overreach and it is intrusive, inappropriate and offensive. “