California in-N-Out Shut to not check guests’ vaccination status
- Health officials have closed a California In-N-Out store after violating a county vaccine warrant.
- The branch refused to verify the immunization status of people who wanted to eat inside, officials said.
- An In-N-Out executive previously said: “We refuse to become the immunization police for any government.”
Health officials shut down a California In-N-Out store after workers failed to verify customers’ immunization status, violating the county’s vaccine mandate.
Officials closed the Contra Costa County branch on Tuesday, saying the restaurant refused to check the immunization status of people who wanted to eat inside.
In a statement, Contra Costa Environmental Health said the restaurant has been repeatedly warned and fined, The Hill reported.
“The Pleasant Hill In-N-Out site has received four citations in recent weeks and fines totaling $ 1,750, all for the same health violation, ahead of today’s action,” a he declared Tuesday.
Arnie Wensinger, Legal and Commercial Director of In-N-Out, helped restaurants challenge the warrants.
A separate In-N-Out location at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, was temporarily closed on October 14 for the same reason: failing to check for evidence of vaccination from diners inside, as Kate Duffy previously reported from Insider.
Wensinger said in a statement after the shutdown that the role of staff should not be to check if people are vaccinated.
“We refuse to become the immunization police for any government. It is unreasonable, invasive and dangerous to force our restaurant associates to separate customers into those who can be served and those who cannot, whether on the spot. basis of the documentation they carry or some other reason, “he said at the time.