Colorado In-N-Out Burger Restaurants Will No Longer Allow Employees to Wear Masks

By Shawn Patrick on July 18, 2023
Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images

It wasn’t that long ago that places were making us wear masks, but now at least one is making some folks NOT wear them!

In-N-Out Burger informed employees in five states, including Colorado, that they won’t be allowed to wear medical masks unless they have a note from their doctor, according to a company memo leaked on Twitter.

“We are introducing new mask guidelines that emphasize the importance of customer service and the ability to show our Associates’ smiles and other facial features while considering the health and well-being of all individuals,” the memo reads.

The new rule goes into effect on Aug. 14, according to the memo, and is aimed at workers in Texas, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. Workers in California and Oregon will still be allowed to wear masks, the L.A. Times reported.

In-N-Out employees who have a “specific medical condition or health concern that requires them to wear a mask” will have to provide a “valid medical note” to their store supervisor, though they will not be required to disclose their medical diagnosis or other “confidential medical information,” the memo states.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Judy Stone took to Twitter to criticize the burger chain, saying “their new anti-mask policy” goes against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 recommendations and puts employees at risk.

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