Some Monroe businesses choosing not to implement COVID-19 surcharge

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The next time you grab a bite to eat or get your hair cut, you may want to check your receipt.

Some businesses across the country are adding the extra percentage to the bill in an effort to offset extra expenses due to the pandemic. (Source: KNOE)

In some cases, there's an added percentage, but it's not gratuity - it's a COVID-19 surcharge..

Some businesses across the country are adding the extra percentage to the bill in an effort to offset extra expenses due to the pandemic.

According to Sue Nicholson from the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, it is legal, and businesses are supposed to mention it to their customers prior to service.

For some, it's helping pay for sanitation supplies, maintain payroll and stay in business.

​"The added effort that's required, the fewer customers, I really do understand that they're trying to make ends meet so that they can stay in business and can keep their people employed," Nicholson said.

Small Cakes cupcake and ice cream shop owner Anna Robinson said they are not adding the charge at this time.

"We closed on March 21 and just opened yesterday. So we are trying diligently just to get things back rolling without having to implement the surcharges," Robinson said.

She said they've also felt the pinch with increased prices on their cupcake boxes and shipping charges.

Robinson isn't alone in her decision. Portico Restaurant co-owner Lindsay Leavitt said he is also not adding the charge but is keeping an eye on market prices.

​"Once we see where it stabilized out, we'll see if we need to do any menu price increases. At that point, that's what we would do versus doing a COVID charge," Leavitt said.