In-N-Out fined $750 by a California county over COVID-19 rules, after a 2nd of its restaurants failed to check diners' vaccine cards, a report says

According to The SFC, In-N-Out, Pleasant Hill, California was fined $750 after violating county orders.
A spokesperson for the county stated that the restaurant did not check indoor diners' vaccination cards.

This follows the temporary closing of an In-N-Out San Francisco restaurant for the same reason.

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The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that California's In-N-Out hamburger chain was fined $750 after failing to verify customers' vaccine cards at a Contra Costa County location.

Karl Fischer, a county spokesperson, stated that the fine was issued after residents complained repeatedly that employees at In-N-Out's Pleasant Hill location didn't check vaccine cards of indoor customers.

This news came after the temporary closure at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, of an In-N-Out store.

The Chronicle reported that the restaurant also violated county health regulations by failing to check indoor diners for vaccination. Arnie Wensinger was the chief legal and business officer of the company and stated that the closures were unjustified and invasive. He also said that In-N'Out would not become the vaccine police for any government.

Contra Costa County's vaccine verification order, effective September 22, requires that restaurant customers 12 years old or older show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 testing from the past three days in order to enter indoor areas.

Fischer explained to The Chronicle that after residents complained, three enforcement officers visited In-N-Out Pleasant Hill three times and issued a warning along with two fines totaling $750.

Contra Costa County and In-N-Out didn't immediately reply to Insider's request for comment about the Pleasant Hill incident. The Chronicle also received no response from In-N-Out.

Fischer said that three other In-N'Out locations in Contra Costa County didn't receive violation notices.

San Francisco County also requires proof that you have been vaccinated for indoor dining facilities under the Safer Return Together health ordinance. Contra Costa County does not have this requirement, but restaurants that do not comply can be closed by the Department of Public Health.

Insider was told by a spokesperson for In-N-Out that the Fisherman's Wharf branch has reopened, but there is no indoor dining.