SECTION 1. As used in this act, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-
“Covered establishment,” a restaurant or other food or beverage service establishment offering same-day food or drink for sale in a single commercial transaction over the internet, whether directly or through a third-party delivery service, from 1 or more retail locations within the commonwealth, except a restaurant or other establishment operating more than 4 retail locations.
“COVID-19 emergency”, the state of emergency declared by the governor on March 10, 2020 relative to the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
“Online order,” an order placed by a customer through a platform provided by a third-party food delivery service for pickup or delivery in the commonwealth.
“Purchase price,” the menu price publicly offered by a covered establishment. Purchase price shall not include any taxes, gratuities or other fees that may make up the total cost charged to the customer for an online order.
“Third-party delivery service,” any website, mobile application or other internet service or platform that offers or arranges for the sale of food and beverages prepared by, and the same-day delivery or same-day pickup of food and beverages from, no fewer than 20 separately owned and operated food service or beverage service establishments.
SECTION 2. (a) Notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, from the effective date of this act until 45 days following the termination of the COVID-19 emergency, it shall be unlawful for a food-delivery service to charge a covered establishment a fee per online order for the use of its services that totals more than 10 per cent of the purchase price of such online order.
(b) Any third-party delivery service that violates subsection (a) shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and shall reimburse the covered establishment for all charges collected in violation of subsection (a).
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