An online debate has been sparked after a number of restaurants have decided to start charging their customers a "COVID tax" since reopening their doors in the wake of the pandemic.
Keep scrolling to see what people had to say on the matter...
Millions of businesses have been affected worldwide thanks to the ongoing global pandemic...
via: GettyBut it's safe to say that the hospitality industry has had one of the hardest hit.
Thanks to social distancing...
via: GettyRestaurants and bars all over the world have closed their doors in the best interest of public safety.
Of course, this needs to be done in order to prevent the virus from being spread further...
@joelockhart @realDonaldTrump We’re not fine. We’re struggling. Our governor is playing the game of getting more mo… https://t.co/UDsTUqT9D4— Jordyn McIntire (@Jordyn McIntire)1589424214.0
Believe it or not...
via: GettyPeople actually earn a living from working in the hospitality industry - whether that's working behind a bar or waitressing tables. It is a lifestyle for many.
via: GettyMillions of hospitality workers are facing an uncertain future and are struggling to make ends meet.
And even though President Trump promised financial stability to these workers...So many people are continuing to struggle and worry about their futures.
But despite America being the worst affected country in the world...
via: GettySeveral states have begun to lift lockdown restrictions in a desperate bid to heal our already severely damaged economy.
Our death toll is climbing at a terrifying rate...
via: GettyBut it seems that some businesses have been granted permission to reopen despite this fact.
Of course, the restaurants that have decided to reopen their doors are aware of the risks involved.
via: GettyApplebee’s restaurants Chief Executive Officer Steve Joyce said to Bloomberg: "Plastic plates and forks, knives, and spoons are available if customers want those instead of porcelain plates and silverware. Kitchens are opening with fewer staff members, allowing for social distancing."
All restaurants that are opening their doors are taking the same safety procedures.
via: Getty"We’ve got team members that are probably a little nervous about coming back, and we want them to know we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe," Joyce said. "And this will be a gradual reopening process. It gives us time to make sure we’re getting this right."
But it seems that some restaurants have other ideas on how to rebuild their businesses.
A customer tweeted a picture of their receipt after dining with the restaurant...
‘Scuse me ... what? A covid surcharge...? https://t.co/IYcrkcqIJ3— Talia (@Talia)1589217796.0
It appears that the owner had no choice but to add this new charge...
via: GettyThe owner of Goog's Pub & Grub Brad White told TMZ that he's had to add the charge to cover skyrocketing prices for food and restaurant supplies.
If you think about it, customers aren't paying that much more.
via: GettyWhite went on to explain that his joint added an extra 86 cents to all bills to factor in to-go bags, silverware, condiments, and styrofoam containers since, at this moment, restaurants in Michigan are limited to delivery and take-out only.
Prices have doubled for the restaurant's supplies.
@talialikeitis I’m sure it was disclosed. It’s a small price to pay to support them and keep them open.— Tina (@Tina)1589227954.0
Many believe that simply paying for what you've eaten will be enough to help the business and that the COVID tax charge was unnecessary.
@mstinaswu @talialikeitis By you already going there you are supporting them. And it isn’t like they had a $5.00 me… https://t.co/8nRb3tnEdA— Ashleigh (@Ashleigh)1589417508.0
White hopes to eventually eliminate the COVID tax charge.
@talialikeitis Everyone needs to seriously calm down. It’s $2. How about trying to support these restaurants during… https://t.co/3PHHvqpMx7— Shaun Peterson (@Shaun Peterson)1589491847.0
But White isn't the only business owner doing this to make ends meet...
@talialikeitis Not a bad idea! How do we expect small business to pay for PPE ????? It's a small charge. If anyone… https://t.co/mNCpinhr5c— Colette Dimick (@Colette Dimick)1589486828.0
The owners and staff of these restaurants do not deserve the abuse they have been receiving because of this decision.
@talialikeitis Rude people calling and cursing out the staff is unacceptable. It’s not their fault. SUPPLY AND DEMA… https://t.co/zHR56trEQY— 🕊 (@🕊)1589246531.0
We need to be supporting our local businesses, and not turning away from them.
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