(LifeSiteNews) — Beloved American fast-food chain In-N-Out is slated to ban employees in five states from donning masks, internal company emails reveal.
According to an internal company email leaked to social media late last week, the famous west coast burger chain is planning to bar its employees in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Utah from wearing face masks while on the job, a move being praised by conservatives online.
According to the memo, part of the motivation behind the measure is to allow customers to see the “smiles” and “other facial features” of employees.
The company says that only those with a valid medical note can continue obscuring their face while on the job, and failure to abide by the new dictate can result in termination of employment.
Founded in 1948, In-N-Out currently operates in seven states, with Oregon and California being the two exempt from the new maskless mandate, which goes into effect August 14.
According to an additional memo sent to employees in California and Oregon, two states that have provisions that prohibit employers from banning employees from wearing masks, starting August 14, those working at the burger chain who wish to continue covering their face must do so only with a company-provided N95 mask.
The decision by In-N-Out was praised by conservatives online, who viewed the move as a sign that the cultural pendulum has swung considerably since the days of compulsory mask use during the so-called COVID-19 pandemic.
In-N-Out Burger is America’s best fast food company. They stand for strong values and don’t want their employees masked – which is dehumanizing!
Support In-N-Out Burger!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 18, 2023
In-N-Out Burger just did the single GREATEST thing I’ve ever seen a business do.
BAN employees from wearing masks!!!
Yes you heard that right, it is now AGAINST store policy to wear a mask while working. Unless you have a valid doctor’s note.
This NEEDS to be the standard… pic.twitter.com/wJEDHIbo3C
— The Patriot Voice (@TPV_John) July 14, 2023
This is not the first time the popular chain has garnered the support of conservatives.
In October 2021, an In-N-Out location in San Francisco was heralded by conservative commentators after it was temporarily shut down by city officials for refusing to enforce a citywide COVID-19 vaccine mandate that required the restaurant to ensure all its customers had received the novel injections.
In-N-Out president Lynsi Snyder considers herself a devout Christian, telling the Christian Post in 2019 that it wasn’t until she turned to Christ that she was able to overcome years of failed relationships and drug problems.