The Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Burger announced today, Tuesday, that it was temporarily closed, apparently for defying county health orders relating to Covid-19, and there’s no word on when they might be reopening.
Contra Costa County Public Health has apparently fined the location at the corner of Contra Costa and Chilpancingo, for failing to check customers’ COVID vaccination status.
The Contra Costa County Office of Environmental Health offered the following for their rationale:
Contra Costa Environmental Health (CCEH) today suspended the commercial food permit of In-N-Out Burger, 570 Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill, for creating a public health hazard by repeatedly violating a county health order intended to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Despite repeated notices of violation and fine, this business continued to permit indoor dining on site without verifying the COVID-19 vaccination status or recent, negative test result of customers.
Restaurants and some other indoor establishments in Contra Costa where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is elevated are required by county health order
to perform this verification for all customers using their indoor spaces who are 12 or older.
In Contra Costa County, the primary goal of health order enforcement is to educate businesses and residents about how to keep themselves and the community safe from COVID-19.
Most businesses do comply with pandemic safety requirements, but the county has an ordinance that includes a progressive citation structure for businesses that repeatedly violate them.
The Pleasant Hill In-N-Out location received four citations in recent weeks and fines totaling $1,750, all for the same health order violation, before today’s action.
CCEH suspended the permit because the business was not in compliance with all applicable state and local health and safety regulations, and so posed an immediate health hazard to the public.
In-N-Out restaurants in Pinole and San Ramon have also received notices of violation for this health order violation, and on Monday the San Ramon location received a $250 notice of fine.
In-N-Out may request an appeals hearing regarding the Pleasant Hill location’s permit suspension and any of the fines incurred. The location must remain closed until the hazard is abated.