Good News for Restaurants! New Cap on Delivery Fees
On November 17th, the County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors approved an emergency regulation capping the fees delivery services can charge local restaurants and businesses. The new regulation caps commissions and fees charged by third-party food delivery services including Uber Eats, Grubhub, and DoorDash. The regulations applies to all restaurants in San Mateo County and will be in place until June 30, 2021 or the end of the local emergency due to COVID-19. The regulation caps fees at 15% of the cost of delivery order and 10% of the cost of the pickup order. Additionally, the third-party delivery services cannot make up the difference from reducing the gratuity made to the driver.
For more information, refer to the press release or the County’s regulation.
Commercial Tenant Protections Update
To help small businesses through the pandemic, the City passed an emergency ordinance banning commercial evictions for non-payment of rent between the months of April 2020 - September 2020.
The Emergency Ordinance temporarily prohibited landlords from evicting nonprofit and small business tenants when:
- The tenant is unable to pay their rent because they have been impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; or
- The landlord seeks to terminate the tenancy for “no fault” causes, unless the eviction is necessary to preserve the health and safety of tenants, neighbors, or the landlord.
Starting the month when the City’s State of Emergency is lifted, tenants will have a 12-month period to pay rent arrears culminated between April - September 2020. On the seventh month of the 12-month repayment period, tenants must start paying a minimum of 50% percent of the unpaid balance. Landlords are not allowed to charge late fees or surcharges to the outstanding balance. Visit our FAQ page for more information.
Free COVID Testing Nov 30 - Dec 4 at San Mateo Marriott
The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Virus Geeks and the San Mateo Marriott to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing, November 30 through December 4, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Testing is free if you have insurance and federal funds will be used for those not insured. PCR (nasal swab) testing is the gold standard approved by the FDA, CDC, All Health Departments, and Organizations. Appointments are not required but you may make an appointment at: http://my.virusgeeks.com/gettested
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