Arnie Wensinger, In-N-Out's legal and business officer, told the Washington Examiner the restaurant chose to ignore the order, calling it a "clear governmental overreach."
"We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government," Wensinger announced. "It is unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe to force our restaurant associates to segregate customers into those who may be served and those who may not, whether based on the documentation they carry or any other reason."
In-N-Out, which operates 358 locations across the western United States, is owned by devout Christian Lynsi Snyder and is well known for including Bible verses at the bottom of soda and milkshake cups.
Snyder, 37, recently told the Christian Post about how she strives to maintain the success of her family's iconic chain with a little help from her faith.
"I've been the one to hurt, and I've been hurt," Snyder announced of her three rocky marriages, one of which she described as abusive.
"I have gained insight and growth through both sides of the coin," she continued before stressing her method of seeking "healing time with Jesus" before embarking on new relationships.
"Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements," In-N-Out Burger's Chief Legal and Business Officer, Arnie Wensinger, announced in a statement to Fox News. "After closing our restaurant, local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer, then act as enforcement personnel by barring entry for any customers without the proper documentation."
Wensinger further announced the restaurant had been allowed to reopen, yet indoor dining is unavailable for the time being. He further announced prior to shutting down that the restaurant properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health announced the city's Joint Information Center Outreach Team visited the restaurant on Sept. 24 to help it follow the order. Inspectors visited the restaurant a second time on Oct. 6, just to find it was still not asking indoor customers to show evidence of vaccination. The inspectors ultimately filed a notice of violation and a notice of closure to the restaurant on Oct. 14 after asking it many times to comply with the law.
"Vaccines remain our best tool to fight this disease and come out of the pandemic," the department announced. "Vaccination is particularly 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. That is why San Francisco requires proof of vaccination for indoor dining."