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SF’s In-N-Out Is Again Under Health Department Investigation After Complaint Over Restaurant Inside

San Francisco’s only In-N-Out is under investigation again after reports that diners were allowed to eat inside – in violation of a Department of Health directive. health to remain closed inside until the restaurant agrees to check customers’ vaccination cards.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is investigating In-N-Out at Fisherman’s Wharf after receiving a complaint that the restaurant was letting customers eat inside, although it was only allowed for take-out and outdoor meals following violations of the immunization mandate inside the city. SF Eater First reported the investigation, which has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health.

In-N-Out did not respond to whether people were allowed to eat indoors at the San Francisco site. Spokeswoman Kathleen Luppi said all orders were packed there for take-out and signs had been placed on doors and at each table to indicate the restaurant was closed for indoor dining. The restaurant was not cited, she said, for serving people inside.

The popular burger chain has garnered national attention – both condemnation and praise, including the latter of former vice president Mike Pence – for defying San Francisco’s vaccine requirements for indoor dining, which the company called “unreasonable, invasive and dangerous.” The health department closed the Jefferson Street restaurant for several days on Oct. 14 after issuing repeated warnings for failing to check customers’ vaccination cards. It reopened last week, In-N-Out said at the time, for take-out and alfresco dining only.

The health department declined to say whether In-N-Out could be shut down again. They “are investigating further and will take the next steps to remedy any violations observed,” according to a statement provided to The Chronicle.

The In-N-Out Pleasant Hill location was also closed this week for failing to verify vaccination cards despite the vaccination mandate inside Contra Costa County. The hamburger spot “posed an immediate danger to health,” the Contra Costa County Health Department said.

San Francisco, Berkeley, and Contra Costa County are the only Bay Area agencies that currently have indoor vaccine requirements for businesses such as restaurants. Dining out is known to be one of the riskiest activities for the spread of the virus, and some health experts say asking for evidence in restaurants may be one of the keys to improving public health. Vaccination against COVID-19 is the most effective way to prevent infection and reduce the spread of disease, according to health experts.

The vaccine requirement inside San Francisco went into effect in late August. Since September, the health department has received 11 complaints about restaurants failing to verify proof of vaccination. In-N-Out is the only restaurant that has been temporarily closed as a result.

This story has been updated with comments from In-N-Out.

Elena Kadvany is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ekadvany


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