Gov. DeSantis Uses COVID Freedoms To Try and Persuade CEO of In-N-Out Burger To Move the Burger Chain to Florida

Toby Hazlewood

But they're still not convinced

On November 12, it was reported that Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis held a phone call with the CEO of In-N-Out Burger of California, continuing the state's drive to lure the burger chain to move its headquarters to Florida and open outlets in the state. The call with CEO Lynsi Snyder was the latest move by the state's political leaders to bring a company to the state.

In late October, Florida's Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis contacted the CEO of the famed restaurant chain, suggesting that they relocate to Florida. The offer has been extended in the wake of multiple In-N-Out restaurants being forced to shut down for not abiding by the state's COVID vaccine checking policy.

More freedom in Florida

Governor DeSantis, and Jimmy Patronis have both tried to position Florida as better fit for the burger restaurant chain, both due to the favorable tax laws in the state, and also for the greater freedoms being granted to businesses post-COVID.

Various of the chains outlets in the San Francisco area have been forced to close for failing to enforce requirements for indoor diners to show either proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result.

In a recent statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, In-N-Out's Arnie Wensinger had this to say:

"We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government. 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 are not convinced yet

It seems though, that in spite of the call, there are no plans yet for In-N-Out to move headquarters. In a statement issued by their legal counsel, In-N-Out had this to say:

"During that call, Gov. DeSantis graciously invited In-N-Out Burger to do business in the state of Florida. While we are thankful for the gracious invitation, In-N-Out Burger has no plans or intention to expand operations or move its corporate headquarters to Florida."

No doubt the discussions will continue, and Floridians may yet be able to enjoy In-N-Out burgers in the sunshine state. If they were to relocate and bring some of the 16,000 jobs that currently exist within the corporation, that would be a boost for the state as well.

What's your favorite burger chain? Do you think Florida's leadership should be promoting its freedoms from COVID restrictions as a means of attracting businesses? Let me know in the comments section below.

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