The New York City Council voted on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to allow city restaurants to charge guests an extra 10 percent to their dining bill, according to a new local law. Restaurants in New York City will reopen with a limit of 25 percent capacity on September 30, 2020. The new local law will be in place for 90 days and it limited to small restaurants, not large restaurant chains or food trucks.
Introducer of the bill, Councilman Joseph C. Borelli said, “This cost will come off 90 days after the restaurant capacity limits have ended, whereas if they raise the price of their meals, there’s no telling whether or not they will keep the price up,” Borelli said. “We need those businesses to stay in business. If they are not in business, those hundreds of thousands of people will not have jobs.” Borelli added, “Use it to add a surcharge for their kitchen staff, to add a surcharge for health care premiums or paid sick leave funds for their employees.”