Council Approves Capping Restaurant Delivery App Fees

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Friends,

Relief is on the way for our favorite restaurants! 

My colleagues voted unanimously on my initiative to draft an ordinance limiting the amount third-party food delivery apps can charge restaurants. The cap for food deliveries will be 15% and there will be a 5% cap per order for all other types of charges during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

We also instructed the City Attorney to include language in the draft ordinance specifying that 100% of tips will go to drivers. 

I’ve heard from locally-owned business owners across the district who tell me delivery apps are charging as much as 30 percent in fees for services. 

During the pandemic, it is estimated that up to 90 percent of restaurant sales are attributed to delivery orders. Why should our local mom and pop restaurants --as well as their customers-- be put in a position to subsidize delivery app companies? This is about local interests over Wall Street interests. Only a level playing field will help our small businesses survive.

The sunset date of the emergency ordinance is 90 days after the prohibition of on-premise dining has been lifted.  More information on this topic can be found here.

The City Council will return to session on Friday, May 22, 10a, where we will discuss the Mayor’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

Stay safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL
 

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