Restaurant that accepted dog pics instead of vaccine proof shut down

A restaurant in Canada was busted when undercover Government agents caught them accepting dog pictures in place of vaccination status, according to reports.

The Granary Kitchen, a restaurant in Red Deer, Alberta, was temporarily shut down after two test shoppers, sent by public health authorities, were allowed to dine-in using the pooch pics instead of vaccine passports or a negative Covid test result.

Alberta, a province in Western Canada, asks owners of eateries to only serve fully vaccinated people or those who produce a negative COVID result from a PCR test administered within 72 hours.

“Complaints were received… that employees are allowing patrons to dine-in when presented with a photograph of a dog and personal identification,” said an Alberta Health Services order for closure, dated January 14.

Alberta Health Services said it sent two test shoppers to investigate after receiving the complaints.

The two agents attended separately and were both able to dine in the restaurant after showing dog pictures.

Indoor dining at the establishment was immediately closed as a result.

“To our valued guests, we had an unfortunate circumstance at our front door which involved one of our underage hostesses, and the requirements for the (restrictions exemption program),” a post on the restaurant's Facebook page said.

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“We are taking the weekend to retrain and regroup.”

AHS also set conditions for reopening, including a written plan and commitment from the owners detailing how they would implement vaccine passports going forward, Vice reported.

The title also reported that The Granary Kitchen appears to have re-opened, encouraging people to make reservations.

Alberta has the second lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Canada when compared to other provinces and territories.

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