Washington D.C. – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Board of Directors and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce submitted a joint letter to the City Council Members of Baltimore expressing concerns about the City of Baltimore’s consideration of proposed increased regulations on food delivery services.
Many small and local restaurants in Baltimore have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With restricted in-person dining, many of the Latino and immigrant-owned restaurants have been hard-hit and are especially vulnerable.
Many restaurants have needed to pivot their delivery options, shifting from in-person dining to take out and curbside including through the use of food delivery services like DoorDash and other platforms. Consumers willingly subscribe to food delivery services as a safe and convenient way of accessing their preferred restaurants. Independent and local restaurants have largely benefitted from the increase in demand. Research shows that roughly 80 percent of restaurants’ orders from DoorDash are from customers who wouldn’t have otherwise eaten at that restaurant. Studies also show that restaurants partnering with food delivery services are four times more likely to have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to U.S. restaurants as a whole.
We commend our elected officials in Baltimore for their efforts to provide much-needed relief to the restaurant sector devastated by COVID-19; however, we expect price regulations to create more issues than they hope to solve. Price regulations are likely to harm the entire supply chain of wholesalers, restaurants, Dashers, and consumers.
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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $800 billion to the American economy every year. It advocates on behalf of its network of more than 250 local chambers and business associations nationwide, and also partners with more than 260 major American corporations. For more information, please visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.
La Cámara de Comercio Hispana de los Estados Unidos (USHCC) promueve el crecimiento económico, el desarrollo y los intereses de más de 4.7 millones de negocios Hispanos que anualmente contribuyen más de $800 billones a la economía de los Estados Unidos. USHCC también aboga por los derechos de más de 250 cámaras de comercio y empresas asociadas en los Estados Unidos, colaborando al mismo tiempo con más de 260 importantes corporaciones Americanas. Para más información, visite ushcc.com.