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AHS orders restaurant closure after worker caught accepting dog photos over vaccination records

Last Updated Jan 18, 2022 at 3:41 pm MDT

An Alberta restaurant has been ordered to close after workers were caught accepting photos of dogs instead of scanning vaccination records. PHOTO: Josh Ritchie/CityNews

It appears checking vaccination records has gone to the dogs for one Alberta restaurant.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) investigators received complaints The Granary in Red Deer was not screening patrons before they went in. Instead, the health authority was told guests were allowed to dine in if they showed a photo of their dog and their personal ID.

Following the reports, AHS sent in two test shoppers to investigate.


“The test shoppers entered the premises at separate times. In both instances, facility staff used a tablet to make it appear as if they were scanning a QR code when in fact the staff member was presented with a photograph of a dog,” AHS said in the order. “The staff member then proceeded to ask the test shopper for personal identification and offered dine in services.”

The restaurant was ordered to close by AHS until the owner presented a plan to commit to following the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP).

On Friday, the restaurant responded to the order from AHS, saying the incident involved an underage staff member not following protocols.

“We look forward to serving you again as soon as we are ready to open,” the post read. “In closing, we would like to remind everyone of the tremendous pressure being placed on front staff, and please remember to be kind.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the order from AHS against the restaurant was listed as “Inactive.”

Under Alberta’s REP, restaurant operators must validate vaccination records prior to guests being allowed to dine in.

Operators are required to verify the second vaccine received was at least 14 days prior and any suspected falsified vaccine record should be reported to the police.