COVID-19 Recovery Bill allows NYC restaurants to charge 10% surcharge to help restaurants financially

New York City restaurants still struggling from the loss of business brought on by the pandemic will soon be getting some relief.

News 12 Staff

Sep 17, 2020, 12:23 PM

Updated 1,344 days ago

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New York City restaurants still struggling from the loss of business brought on by the pandemic will soon be getting some relief.
The COVID-19 Recovery Bill passed by City Council allows small restaurant owners to charge up to a 10% surcharge on customers tabs in hopes to ease some of the financial impacts felt from the pandemic.
Since the start of the pandemic, New York City restaurants have not been open for indoor dining. Under this new legislation, eateries will be able to increase revenue and continue the surcharge for 90 days after indoor dining resumes at full capacity.
This is just one effort to keep the restaurant industry on its feet. On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city will expand Open Streets to weekdays at 40 different locations across the city. Street closures will allow for extended outdoor dining during the week on this corridor.
Indoor dining is set to begin at the end of September. Any restaurant applying the COVID-19 surcharge must disclose the fee and cannot add it to a takeout or delivery order.


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