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Another In-N-Out closed for refusing to enforce vaccine rules

FILE – In this October 20, 2021 file photo, signs indicating vaccination and face mask requirements and no meals inside are displayed at the door of an In-N-Out restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf of San Francisco. The restaurant’s indoor dining room was closed this month by health officials for failing to require proof of vaccination. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu, file)

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (AP) – Another California county closed an In-N-Out restaurant on Tuesday because the popular burger chain refuses to enforce COVID-19 vaccination rules.

Contra Costa County health officials have closed the Pleasant Hill restaurant indefinitely after ignoring repeated warnings to verify that patrons who wanted to dine inside had vaccination cards or proof that they had tested negative for the virus in the past 72 hours.

The county has issued several warnings and fines for local In-N-Out restaurants, including two in Pinole and San Ramon.

Public health authorities view vaccination enforcement requirements as essential tools to slow COVID-19 as 1,500 or more Americans die from the virus every day.

However, In-N-Out, based in Irvine, Calif., Has always refused to heed the demands.

“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, ”In-N-Out said in a statement.

On October 14, San Francisco’s only In-N-Out was closed for several days after repeatedly refusing to follow that city’s public health mandate, authorities said.

The Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant reopened last week but is supposed to only offer take-out and alfresco dining. However, the city’s public health department is investigating a complaint that it continues to allow indoor dining, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Tuesday.


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