San Francisco’s only In-N-Out Burger reopened after health officials forced it to close on October 14 for violating a new city health order. It is the first restaurant in the city to be closed for COVID-related violations, officials said.
It has since reopened for take out only; as the establishment refuses to have staff check proof of vaccination, no one is allowed to eat inside.
“I’m a little sad that I can’t eat inside,” said one customer.
Health officials said they issued a closure notice for the Jefferson Street restaurant after responding to 311 complaints in September about staff failing to check evidence of vaccinations.
“They weren’t playing by the rules and had over two weeks to comply,” said Laurie Thomas, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.
She added that if small restaurants can follow the rules, so can In-N-Out.
“It’s pretty selfish because there are still kids who can’t get the vaccine,” Thomas said. “We know that there are compromised and exposed autoimmunes and that everyone has complied.”
San Francisco temporarily closed the In-N-Out burger at Fisherman’s Wharf because employees did not properly check customers entering inside, to make sure they were vaccinated.
Customers lining up on Tuesday said they were happy the doors were open, but believed the chain should follow the rules.
“They shouldn’t be allowed to circumvent the law that everyone follows,” said one client.
In-N-Out also apparently violates health rules at Pleasant Hill.
The Contra Costa County Health Department said it had issued two notices of fines totaling $ 750 for failing to require proof of vaccination.
The company released a statement saying in part, “We strongly disagree with any government dictate that requires a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to sponsor their business.