SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors are in search of a cap on charges charged by third-party meals supply companies, saying extreme fees are hurting eating places in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supervisors Joe Simitian and Cindy Chavez stated they might name on the county to undertake a brief cap on the charges at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors assembly.
Simitian stated in an announcement that the cap is supposed to guard native eating places, lots of them small companies who depend on distributors equivalent to DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub.
“Many of those eating places don’t have the infrastructure to host their very own platforms for takeout and supply, so they’re typically compelled to just accept extreme charges and commissions. They merely haven’t any different choice,” the supervisor stated.
Simitian additionally famous that eating places are going through “extraordinary monetary hardship” with the most recent spherical of COVID-19 restrictions forcing eating places within the county to do takeout solely and with winter limiting the feasibility of out of doors eating as soon as restrictions are lifted.
Chavez, president of the Board of Supervisors, stated the largest share of unemployment in the course of the pandemic is within the native restaurant trade.
“Simply as we now have executed with our moratorium in opposition to business evictions, we should do what we are able to to assist these eating places survive,” Chavez stated.
In line with the supervisors, institutions are sometimes charged upwards of 30% of the acquisition worth for supply and as a lot as a 15% fee for buyer pickup.
The supervisors plan to name on county officers to draft a proposal to cap commissions and charges and to report again to the Board by January 12, 2021. Together with capping charges, the supervisors are additionally in search of to ban the meals supply firms from decreasing driver wages or withholding tricks to compensate for the proposed caps.
If a measure is permitted, Santa Clara County would be part of a number of different Bay Space jurisdictions capping meals supply service charges, together with the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, together with Alameda, Marin and San Mateo counties.