Governor Jay Inslee announced a new cap on fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery platforms such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Postmates.
In an effort to help small businesses, the proclamation caps delivery fees at 15% and total fees at 18% of the purchase price of an order.
“We recognize the challenges posed by COVID-19 to our restaurant community, and we’re grateful to third party delivery platforms that have made it possible for Washingtonians to continue supporting local restaurants, and allowed many businesses to stay open,” Inslee said in an email to the press.
The proclamation will take effect on Wednesday, November 25, at 12:01 am.
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As of Wednesday, November 18, all indoor restaurants and bar services in the state were forced to close due to current pandemic restrictions.
Restaurants are still able to serve food by drive-thru, delivery, and pick-up. In-person dining has been restricted to outdoor settings.
Inslee will also be offering $50 million in aid to help alleviate impacts on businesses and workers, funding he intends to have distributed by the end of the year.
“We understand that this is both an economic and a public health crisis. We do not take lightly the impact these restrictions will have on local businesses, many of which have already had a very difficult year. You are not alone, and we will continue to provide supports,” Inslee said.