Wednesday, October 27, 2021

California county shuts down In-N-Out over vaccine-verification defiance

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

Contra Costa County health officials indefinitely shut the Pleasant Hill restaurant after it ignored repeated warnings to verify that customers who wanted to dine indoors had vaccination cards or proof 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 see vaccination enforcement requirements as vital tools in slowing COVID-19 at a time when 1,500 or more Americans are dying each day from the virus.


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It would be wonderful if vaccinated people were much less likely to transmit the infection than unvaccinated people. But the evidence seems to be accumulating that it just ain't so. In which case there is no rational case for vaccine passports.

Like wearing masks, this seems to be a case of wishful thinking. Or "magical thinking" if you prefer. Or quasi-medieval superstition.

Posted by: dearieme | Oct 27, 2021 4:21:05 PM

Commies gotta be Commies.

Posted by: Stu Buchalter | Oct 27, 2021 4:54:52 PM

I have been to four restaurants in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in the last week and not one of them asked for a vaccination card.

Separately, the only mask wearing in restaurants for at least two months is upon entering the restaurant and sitting down (30 seconds later). After that masks are off. I don't think masks do a great deal of good and perhaps restaurant experience validates this.

Posted by: Paul McKaskle | Oct 27, 2021 5:29:13 PM

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