Starting at midnight Nov. 21, the City of Kent will have in effect an emergency ordinance capping food-delivery rates apps like Uber Eats, Grub Hub, and others can charge local restaurants.
“We are in the middle of a pandemic and the governor has set restrictions on which businesses can be open and what their capacity can be,” said Kent Mayor Dana Ralph in a statement. “The least we can do is ensure we make it easier for our small businesses to survive and lower the cost of delivering essential services, like food, for our residents.”
According to a release from the City of Kent, the commission fee will be capped at a maximum of 15 percent of the purchase price on delivery or pick-up orders.
“It is in the public interest to act, to better position Kent’s restaurant industry to enable restaurants to survive the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release states. “Similar action has been taken in many cities around the country, but Kent is one of the first in Washington. The recent prohibition of in-person dine-in services at restaurants makes the passage of this ordinance an urgent matter, and the Kent City Council declares this ordinance necessary to address a public emergency in order to protect the economic viability of the restaurant industry in Kent, restaurant employment, and the provision of food resources to the community.”
The ordinance, which was passed unanimously by the city council after it was proposed by Ralph, will remain in effect either until Gov. Jay Inslee permits restaurants to operate at a capacity of 75 percent or more or until Washington state establishes a maximum chargeable rate for third-party, app-based food-delivery platforms, according to the release.