NYC: Eateries can soon add a COVID-19 surcharge to restaurant checks

Restaurants can soon add 10 percent to diners’ checks to cover coronavirus-related costs after the City Council green-lighted legislation Wednesday allowing the surcharge.

“This bill fundamentally is about saving the restaurant industry,” said Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island), who sponsored the legislation that passed by a 46-to-2 vote.

“We’re trying to give restaurants the option of adding a surcharge to let their customers know they need to raise a little bit more money to make their ends meet,” Borelli said, noting that more and more eateries are closing down daily because they can’t afford to operate under coronavirus-related restrictions.

“Outdoor dining and limited capacity indoor dining are helpful, but not enough at this time — and not going to be enough when the cold weather comes,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said at a press conference Wednesday.


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