A burger chain in California, In-N-Out, has finally decided to obey the order from Contra Costa County on mandating dining establishments to check their customers’ vaccination documentation for indoor accommodations.
In-N-Out has recently gained traction for its violation of the state’s health order.
The burger chain told the county that it refuses to screen its customers for vaccination proof, according to a Contra Costa County health department spokesperson. Previously, the company’s executive said that they “refuse to become the vaccination police for any government.” Instead, In-N-Out settled not to accommodate indoor dining in their locations around the county, including Brentwood, Pittsburg, San Ramon, Pinole, and Pleasant Hill but will cater to drive-thru and takeout services.
The recent location to be ordered close by the county was Pleasant Hill, which has already received multiple fines and was informed of their violation. The same notice was also sent to the locations in Pinole and San Ramon.
SFGATE reached out to the burger chain for comment but it did not send an immediate answer. According to the Contra Costa health department, the establishment has yet to settle any penalty fee currently.
Restaurants are required to check their customer’s vaccination documentation before allowing them to dine indoors in San Francisco County, Contra Costa County, as well as the city of Berkeley – all covered by the Bay Area.
The city health department of San Francisco has also briefly shut down In-N-Out’s Fisherman’s Wharf location, and was later allowed to operate but only for takeout. The location, however, is now subject to probe following reports that it accommodated customers indoors despite the closing order.
The location was visited by a reporter from SFGATE on Tuesday night. No customers are eating indoors and a restaurant worker said they only cater to takeout orders.