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Published: May 27, 2020 5 min read
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Businesses across the country are slowly beginning to reopen following months of closed doors due to the coronavirus. But if you’re excited to finally go out to eat a restaurant, get a haircut, or perhaps even visit your dentist for a cleaning, you should be on the lookout for an unexpected charge on your bill.

To offset the cost of closing or adjusting operations for months, some businesses are adding "COVID-19 surcharges" to customer bills. The owner of Goog’s Pub & Grub, a restaurant in Michigan, told Fox17 that he was implementing a $1 per meal charge to make up for costs, including rising food and takeout costs. The Kiko Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge in West Plains, Missouri, told TODAY Food that a 5% surcharge was put into practice after a price increase on meat, seafood and vegetables from the restaurant’s local supplier.