REGINA — The Government of Saskatchewan is capping the fees charged to restaurants for food delivery under The Emergency Planning Act.
Delivery fees will be capped at 18 per cent of a customer’s pre-tax order if the delivery-provider completes the delivery and 10 per cent on the purchase price if a customer picks up from the restaurant.
“Our restaurant sector has been especially challenged by the economic impacts of COVID-19 and this is one more way we are working with industry to support this important sector and the jobs it provides,” says Jeremy Harrison, Trade and Export Development Minister.
This cap will apply to third-party delivery providers that serve more than 50 restaurants across the province and will be in effect from March 28 to April 30.
The announcement follows amendments made to the public-health order in place in Regina and Area on March 23. Under this order, in-person dining at restaurants and licensed establishments is prohibited. Takeout and delivery service is permitted to continue. These restrictions will be in place until at least April 5.
“This is terrific news for the industry,” says Jim Bence, president and CEO of Hospitality Saskatchewan. “These are extremely difficult times for hospitality, especially in Regina right now, and further demonstrates the government’s unwavering commitment to our sector.”