The In-N-Out Pleasant Hill was recently ordered closed by the Contra Costa Environmental Health department over its failure to check their regulars’ vaccination documentation against the spreading virus.
In the previous weeks, the resto has amassed a total of $1, 750 in fines which were applied for four times because of the seminar offense, health officials said.
The location’s food permit was suspended by the county’s environmental health as the establishment violated regulations in place in the state and the locality.
Health officials said this created an urgent threat to public health.
To get their side, KRON4 has contacted In-N-Out.
The business’ Chief Legal and Business Officer Arnie Wensinger said: “The reason for the closure is that In-N-Out Associates were not actively demanding vaccine documentation and photo identification from each dine-in customer before serving them.”
“We refuse 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, according to a statement from In-N-Out.”
“We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is a clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive,” the establishment’s statement read.
The same health violations were also raised against other locations of In-N-Out in the Bay Area.
Included here are the locations in San Ramon and Pinole which have already been sent with a violation for the same. Recently, a $250 notice of fine was sent to the San Ramon branch.
Apart from the two, another location in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf was also ordered closed temporarily. Outdoor dining is however allowed in the location.