Burger chain opposes vaccine mandate for indoor dining
Northern California health officials closed another In-N-Out Burger restaurant location on Tuesday to allow indoor dining without checking patrons for proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 testing.
Contra Costa County suspended permits for In-N-Out, located at 570 Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill after the business received an additional two quotes. In-N-Out locations in Pinole and San Ramon also received violation notices Tuesday for violating the vaccine order.
“We refuse to be the vaccination police for any government,” In-N-Out’s chief legal and business officer, Ernie Weinsinger, shot back in a statement reacting to the recent shutdown, the county. Officials classified the move as “intrusive, inappropriate”. , and aggressive” encroachment of the government.
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It is unfair, offensive, and unsafe to force our restaurant associates to separate customers who can be served and those who cannot, whether based on the documents they have, or For any other reason,” he said. “We strongly disagree with any government order that compels a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business.”
Under the Contra Costa County order, which is effective September 22, restaurants and other businesses operating indoors, such as bars and gyms, are required to check that all customers 12 years of age or older have been fully vaccinated. have been or have had a negative coronavirus test within them. last 72 hours.
The Pleasant Hill location had repeatedly violated the county order, received four citations over the past several weeks and paid a total fine of $1,750 before closing. Los Angeles Times informed of. The restaurant can appeal the suspension, but must remain closed “until the threat is over”.
“They just flout the law and it was the other residents who complained about them, and that’s why the health department complied and issued the fine,” said Contra Costa County District 1 supervisor John Gioya. KABC TV. “They need to do what 99 percent of other restaurants are doing, follow the rules in the interest of public health and not be the exception.”
It comes nearly two weeks after another In-N-Out Burger, located in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s War, was shut down for allowing indoor dining without checking proof of vaccination. Local ordinance in San Francisco, which is the strictest in the state, does not allow patrons to show a negative test in exchange for vaccination proof. That In-N-Out space has since reopened for outdoor dining.
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Brooke Armor of the California Business Roundtable said the ordinance put employers in a contentious position by asking their fast food employees, many of whom are high school students, to confront customers about their medical information on a daily basis. Is.
Meanwhile, a new ban in Los Angeles, approved by the city council earlier this month, is set to take effect on November 8 and will require proof of vaccination for restaurants and others, including shopping malls and theaters. Must enter indoor spaces.