PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (KGO) -- The Pleasant Hill In-N-Out restaurant partially reopened Wednesday after being shut down Tuesday by the Contra Costa County Health Department for refusing to check diners' vaccination status, a violation of a county mandate.
"In-N-Out submitted a reopening plan (Wednesday) to only have drive-thru and take out service, no indoor dining," said Will Harper from Contra Costa County Health Services.
Diners started lining up when the restaurant's window opened at 10 a.m. They were not allowed inside the restaurant.
"I think that's crazy, we should not have vaccine mandates. Both of us have been vaccinated, we don't think people should be vaccinated that don't want to," said the first person in line about herself and her passenger. She did not want to give her name.
In N Out in Pleasant Hill is now open for take out and drive through service after being shut down yesterday for refusing to check diners’ COVID vaccination status- a violation of a county health mandate. The dining room is still closed. pic.twitter.com/iraKXqwqCd— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) October 27, 2021
"I think the county should put somebody out there to monitor that, it should not be the responsibility of the business owner to monitor who comes in and out of the business," said customer George Gilmore of Walnut Creek.
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In-N-Out's corporate office says the company refuses to be the vaccination police for any government. Contra Costa County says violating the mandate is creating a public health hazard.
The county says it issued four citations to the restaurant before shutting it down Tuesday.
Customers expect this will create even longer drive-thru lines at a restaurant already know for long lines. But they say allowing the drive through window to open is better than nothing.
"At least they can be open. I am thankful for that. I am thankful people can still work because people need to work," Gilmore said Wednesday morning.
You can read In-N-Out's full statement on the Pleasant Hill incident here:
On Tuesday, October 26, our restaurant at 570 Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill, California, was closed by the Contra Costa Health Services Environmental Division. 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.
As a Company, In-N-Out Burger strongly believes in the highest form of customer service and to us that means serving all Customers who visit us and making all Customers feel welcome. 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.
We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive.
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