Cashless establishments are prohibited in New York City, effective November 19, 2020
Please see the below notice from the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs:
Pursuant to Local Law 34 of 2020
, cashless establishments are prohibited in New York City, effective November 19, 2020
. Establishments covered by the law include:
- Food Stores: Establishments that offer food or beverages to the public for consumption or use on or off the premises, or on or off a pushcart, stand or vehicle; and
On November 19, 2020
- Retail Establishments: Establishments that offer consumer commodities, or where services are provided to consumers at retail. This does not include banks or trust companies.
, it will be unlawful for a food store or a retail establishment to refuse to accept payment in cash from consumers, unless payment is in:
- Cash bills denominated above $20; or
- Cash for any telephone, mail, or internet-based transaction, unless the payment for such transaction takes place on the premises of the food store or retail establishment.
Additionally, no food store or retail establishment shall charge a higher price to a consumer who pays in cash. The law exempts food stores or retail establishments that provide a device on premises that converts cash, without charging a fee or requiring a minimum deposit amount greater than one dollar, into a prepaid card that allows a consumer to complete a transaction at the establishment.