Shake Shack Founder To Require Proof Of Vaccination From Employees & Customers At His Company’s Other Eateries Or They Can “Eat Or Work Somewhere Else”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – President Joe Biden is pitching new incentives to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. On Thursday, Biden asked all states to start offering $100 to entice people to get the shot. Biden also announced all federal employees must prove being vaccinated against COVID-19 or face strict protocols, like masking and frequent COVID-19 tests. The new measures come amid a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. The vast majority of those individuals with severe cases of COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

Also, a New York restauranteur is requiring all of his employees and customers to prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19. Danny Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, which owns several restaurants in New York and Washington DC. He also founded Shake Shack.

Meyer says, “We have a really, really serious responsibility to our staff members and our guests to make sure that it is a safe working environment and a safe place to dine. If you really want to go unvaccinated, you can dine somewhere else and you can also go work somewhere else.”

Meyer also founded and owns the popular burger chain Shake Shack. reports that Meyer said that the fast-casual chain will, “make the appropriate decision for them at the appropriate time. You cannot eat or drink with a mask on. The one thing you can do is be vaccinated.” He also says franchisees will make their own decisions about masking.

Our question of the night: do you think more businesses will follow suit?

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