Burger Chain Closes Indoor Dining In California County Rather Than Comply With Vax Proof Mandate [VIDEO]

San Francisco’s NBC News affiliate reports:

Indoor dining will not be offered at In-N-Out restaurants in Contra Costa County due to the county’s vaccine mandate. On Thursday, the county confirmed that restaurants will only be doing takeout and drive-thru, which do not require vaccine verification.

Pleasant Hill’s permit was the only one suspended by the health department, but In-N-Out told the county that “they were going to switch to the takeout/drive-thru model at all their locations in the county.”

From a statement by In-N-Out:

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.

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.

The chain, which prints bible verses on its packaging, has become a darling of the right wing over its stance on the issue, with Mike Pence and Lindsey Graham coming to their defense. In-N-Out has five Contra Costa County locations.