City approves 'COVID-19 Recovery Charge' allowing 10% dining surcharge to help restaurant workers

Kimberly Dole
September 16, 2020 - 4:45 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  The New York City Council on Wednesday voted in favor of the "COVID-19 Recovery Charge" to help restaurants struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The legislation will temporarily allow city restaurants to add a 10 percent surcharge to the final bill. 

The city's Council Consumer Affairs Committee voted 6-1 to advance the measure forward. 

"We need to support New York City’s restaurant industry during this unprecedented crisis, but as we do that - we cannot just focus on restaurant owners, at the expense of restaurant workers," Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage said in a statement.

Currently, restaurants are banned from charging any fees other than the listed price of food and drink, even if such surcharge is clearly disclosed.

The legislation will be permitted until 90 days after full indoor dining begins. 

Once established, the surcharge would have to be disclosed clearly on the menu and bill.

According to Speaker Corey Johnson, this new legislation will also apply to and protect undocumented workers in New York City.