Alberta restaurant that accepted dog photos instead of QR codes closed to dining

A restaurant in central Alberta was closed to indoors last week after an Alberta Health Service investigation found it was accepting dog photos in lieu of vaccination certificates.

The order was placed with The Granary in Red Deer on January 14th.

After complaining to an AHS executive, two mystery shoppers were sent to the restaurant at different times on Jan. 11.

Both were able to enter and dine after showing staff a photo of a dog and an ID card, per the order. Both times, staff used a tablet to make it look like they were scanning a QR code.

The indoor dining area was ordered to remain closed until the owners showed their commitment to implementing the Restriction Relief Program and provided a written plan of how they would do so.

Owners were also required to commit to training staff on the program and provide written confirmation of this training.

The owners should also attend an administrative hearing with Environmental Public Health to show that this has been completed.

A Friday Facebook post on the restaurant’s website blamed an underage host for the “unfortunate circumstance” and said the business would need the weekend to retrain and regroup.

The closure order was lifted on Tuesday.