Contra Costa Co. supervisors vote on capping fees from food delivery companies amid pandemic

CONTRA COSTA, Calif. (KGO) -- On Tuesday, Contra Costa County may cap the amount of fees that food delivery companies can charge restaurants that are fighting to survive the pandemic.

Supervisors are considering limiting companies like Uber Eats and DoorDash to a 15 percent charge on delivery orders.

Restaurants have had to lean on delivery services during the pandemic, but they lose large profits by doing so. Some estimates suggest that delivery charges can take up to a quarter of some establishments' profits.

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This happens as dozens of the county's restaurants have been forced to close in the past year.

The county is still in California's most restrictive tier, meaning indoor dining is prohibited with limited outdoor dining.

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If approved by four-fifths of the board, Contra Costa's limit would take effect immediately and expire whenever indoor dining is allowed back at 100 percent capacity.

Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Marin County, Oakland, San Jose, and Santa Cruz County have already enacted similar caps.

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