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Facing more fines, burger chain closes indoor dining in Contra Costa County

Jeremy Hall
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Five In-N-Out Burger restaurants in Contra Costa County have stopped indoor dining, according to SFGATE, after refusing a new county ordinance that required employees to screen its customers for their vaccination status.

The chain’s restaurants in Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Brentwood, Pittsburg and Pinole now only offer take-out and drive-through dining. The same policy is also in effect at In-N-Out’s restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, which The San Francisco Chronicle reported was closed by city health officials and is under investigation.

Last week, In-N-Out’s Pleasant Hill restaurant was closed down by the county after being cited and fined for failing to enforce the new vaccine mandate. Earlier this week, some anti-vaccine supporters rallied in support of the chain’s policy, according to NBC Bay Area.

In a previous statement, the chain said it would,“refuse to be the vaccination police of any government.” The San Francisco Chronicle has found that the corporation has a record of supporting conservative political causes, including the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and California’s Republican Party.

Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked in print, radio, television, and web journalism.