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Many of these companies may be trying to recover from the financial losses ofby adding a surcharge to your invoice. It’s called the “COVID Fee”. However, the customer is usually not aware of these costs until he has received his invoice.
Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 fees at salons, restaurants, medical facilities, and other businesses.
What is a COVID-19 fee and why do I see it on my bill?
There have been reports that some companies and medical institutions have added fees to customers’ bills and increased prices for certain products, increasing the total bill. You may see it as a new COVID charge line item.
Why is this happening? Operating costs can now be higher for businesses. For example, business owners must bear the cost ofor customers provide as a condition of entry as they are mandatory nationwide. The cost of regularly that are often touched can also be passed on to you.
The additional cost can also be used as a form of risk reward to entice workers concerned about long-term exposure to their job, or as a way for business owners to recoup some of the cost of closing for months, as they dealing with reduced capacity in the name of safety or local laws.
How do I find out if there is a ‘coronavirus fee’?
If you’re worried about paying more for services than usual because ofAs a result of the coronavirus, we recommend that you call ahead of time and ask the companies you plan to visit if they charge an additional fee to cover any COVID-19 costs.
You can also ask for an itemized bill to see the cost, such as client face masks and sanitation. After all, if the salon, dentist, or restaurant you’re going to charges you a fee, it’s important to be transparent about what you’re paying for.
Where you may have to pay extra money to cover the costs of the coronavirus
Salons: Many salons have added additional fees to customers’ bills to help pay for the cost of sanitary precautions. Some salons have added a sanitary station so that customers can wash their hands before sitting down. A Kentucky salon sells disposable masks to those who don’t have one for $ 5.
Restaurants: By closing their doors for several months and now only having limited capacity, many restaurants are still in the process of recovery. Many also need help to cover the cost of personal protective equipment for their employees, as well as additional cleaning that they need to do to keep the restaurant clean.
Facilities for seniors: Some residents have noticed a COVID-19 charge on their bills that wasn’t there before. That is to cover the costs of additional cleaning, masks and food as a result of the pandemic.
Dental practices: Know it is coronavirusdentists belong to one of the occupational groups with the highest risk. While dentists have always worn PPE, some have switched to N95 masks for better protection, which are more expensive than the average face mask. In addition, the cost of personal protective equipment for dentists has risen exponentially.
Can I avoid paying the costs?
Depending on what the fee is for, you may be able to avoid it. For example, if salons provide face masks but charge customers, you can bring your own to avoid the cost. In some cases, however, you may not be able to avoid the reimbursement.
It is uncertain how long companies will add fees to accounts to cover additional costs, and how widespread the practice will become. For more information here is one. Also here is .