Amid a new spike of coronavirus cases in recent days, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis is floating the idea of allowing food and drink establishments in unincorporated areas of LA County to add a “COVID-19 recovery fee” to customers bills.
Unincorporated parts of LA include more than 65% of the county, according to Los Angeles County’s website. These include communities such as Marina del Rey, parts of Pasadena, Universal City, and Catalina Island. According to health officials, 10-15% of new coronavirus cases are being traced back to restaurants and bars, per Fox 11.
The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs will reportedly discuss this idea with the county’s labor and business counsel representatives and revisit the issue with the board on Nov. 24, Fox 11 reported. (RELATED: Governor Of Pennsylvania Says No To Reopening Restaurants At Full Capacity)
In September, the New York City council approved a bill allowing restaurants added a similar, “COVID-19 recovery charge” to customers, as long as it is fully disclosed on both the menu and the bill, according to Fox Business. The charge can be as much as 10% of the total bill, and applies to diners seated outside as well as inside.