Contra Costa County, California, shuts down In-N-Out over vaccine verification
PLEASANT HILL, Calif. — Another California county closed down an In-N-Out restaurant on Tuesday because the popular burger chain refuses to enforce COVID-19 vaccination rules.
Contra Costa County officials closed the Pleasant Hill restaurant indefinitely after they ignored repeated warnings not to allow customers to eat indoors without proof of vaccination or proof that they have tested negative for the virus within the last 72 hour.
The county issued numerous warnings and fines to local In-N–Out restaurants, including two in Pinole.
Public health authorities see vaccination enforcement requirements as vital tools in slowing COVID-19 at a time when 1,500 or more Americans are dying each day from the virus.
However, In-N –Out ,, based in Irvine (Calif.), has repeatedly refused to comply with the requirements.
” We refuse to be the vaccine police for any government. It is unsafe, unreasonable, and invasive to force restaurant associates to separate customers into those who can be served.” In-N Out stated in a statement.
On October 14, after refusing repeatedly to comply with the city’s public-health mandate, authorities stated that the only In N –Out San Francisco had been closed for several days.
The restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf was reopened last Wednesday, but it is only supposed to offer takeout and outdoor dining. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the Department of Public Health in the city is investigating a complaint about indoor dining.
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