Canadian restaurant temporarily closed after accepting dog photos instead of vaccination proof

A restaurant in Canada was temporarily closed by health officials after it violated COVID-19 health care rules when employees accepted photos of dogs to get in in lieu of COVID-19 vaccination cards as is required in the country.

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On Jan. 11, a health investigation found that The Granary Kitchen, a restaurant in Red Deer, Alberta, was ignoring the province’s strict COVID-19 measures by ignoring the required vaccination card or proof of a negative test for entry, and instead requiring people to show a photo of a dog to get in.

“Specifically, complaints were received...indicating that employees are allowing patrons to dine-in when presented with a photograph of a dog and personal identification,” the health officials’ order states.

A second investigator was sent on the same day and the same thing happened, health officials said.

“In both instances, facility staff used a tablet to make it appears as if they were scanning a QR code when in fact the staff member was presented with a photograph of a dog,” officials said.

The restaurant was closed temporarily.

“We had an unfortunate circumstance at our front door which involved one of our underage hostesses, and the requirements for the REP program,” the restaurant said. “We are taking the weekend to retrain and regroup. We look forward to serving you again as soon as we are ready to reopen. In closing we would like to remind everyone of the tremendous pressure being placed on front staff, and please remember to be kind.”


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