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  • Contra Costa County health officials closed the restaurant in Pleasant Hill, Calif., for repeated violations of COVID-19 health orders.
  • The county recently joined San Francisco and other nearby communities in requiring patrons 12 or older show proof they are fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test to enter indoor areas.
  • The restaurant chain is openly defying the requirement, saying it refuses to “become the vaccination police for any government.”

A second In-N-Out Burger location in Northern California was forced to close shop this week for failing to check customers eating indoors for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative coronavirus test result. 

In this Oct. 20, 2021, file photo, signs advising vaccination and face mask requirements and no indoor dining are displayed on the door of an In-N-Out restaurant in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. The restaurant's indoor dining was shut down this month by health authorities for not demanding proof of vaccination. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)


Contra Costa County health officials closed the restaurant in Pleasant Hill, Calif., for repeated violations of COVID-19 health orders. The restaurant reportedly received several warnings and fines over several weeks for not verifying vaccine or test status, until officials on Tuesday suspended its commercial food permit, according to CBS San Francisco

The county recently joined San Francisco and other nearby communities in requiring patrons 12 or older show proof they are fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test to enter indoor areas. 


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The sole In-N-Out Burger location in San Francisco was temporarily shut down earlier this month for also not complying with the mandate. The restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf has since reopened for outdoor dining. 

The restaurant chain is openly defying the requirement, saying it refuses 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,” Arnie Wensinger, the company’s chief legal and business officer, said in a statement to Changing America. 

“We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive.”

A similar mandate is set to go into effect in Los Angeles on Nov. 8, where the restaurant chain has more than a dozen locations. 


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Published on Oct 27, 2021