CONTRA COSTA COUNTY — After allegations surfaced that some eating places in Contra Costa County are defying COVID-19 guidelines an East Bay lawmaker is urgent for stricter enforcement.
The query of checking vaccine playing cards on the door has met with some pushback within the county, most notably, the protracted struggle about In-N-Out eating rooms.
Within the wake of the burger brouhaha, one Contra Costa County supervisor says she’s upset that regardless of 80 complaints within the month of November, no fines have been levied in opposition to eating places not complying, a choice apparently made by junior staffers.
“It’s simply unacceptable that some employees members decided on their very own, with out getting permission to not do what they’re imagined to be doing,” mentioned Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, who says she was tipped off in regards to the state of affairs Friday.
Supervisor Mitchoff says it’s in direct connection to the In-N-Out state of affairs in October and well being staffers fearing retribution.
“I used to be informed that the employees was involved about demise threats. I take that very critically. I perceive that. I’ve acquired demise threats, however you weigh that in opposition to the general public good,” Mitchoff mentioned. “What’s so upsetting that they didn’t sit down with these greater of their chain of command and say that is what we’re listening to and we have to determine how we take care of this.”
Contra County County Well being Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano says that fines are levied as a final resort and that the objective is training and voluntary compliance.
“There was no official change in coverage on our strategy to enforcement of the vaccine verification order,” mentioned Dr. Farnitano.
There are three eating places and chains in Contra Costa County out of 1600 which are on the middle of the present controversy. Dr. Farnitano says they’re going via the identical course of as In-N-Out.
“We used the same strategy with them. We started with an academic strategy and tried to work with employees and it was solely after there was clear, repeated, refusal to adjust to the well being order – first fines have been issued and after continued non-compliance a allow was eliminated,” mentioned Dr. Farnitino.
Mitchoff says this about everybody doing their half.
“This can be a well being disaster. We’re all on this collectively. I do know we’ve heard that again and again – however we’re not going to get forward of the curve if folks don’t comply.”