ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously passed a temporary ordinance that caps the fees charged to restaurants by food-delivery services such as Uber Eats and Grubhub.
The ordinance is effective immediately, covers unincorporated Alameda County and caps the fees at 15 percent of each order’s price. Other jurisdictions in the county such as Berkeley and Oakland have similar ordinances.
The new law is meant to help county restaurants stay afloat during the pandemic. It will be lifted when the local health emergency is over or when the supervisors modify or rescind it.
Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who recommended the ordinance, wrote in a letter to the board that food-delivery services have increased their fees by an average of 12.4 percent since the pandemic began. Research by his office showed that among 10 businesses in Castro Valley and San Lorenzo that restaurants are being charged fees of 15