Contactless card limit to rise to £45 from £30 next week after limits on cash shopping to help stop coronavirus – The Sun03/24/2020
This is to try and help people to limit physical contact to fight off the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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From Wednesday 1 April, some shops will begin letting people spend up to £45 with a tap of their contactless card.
It will be rolled out across the UK but some shops may take longer to implement the new limit such as retailers including supermarkets which are currently operating at peak capacity.
A number of companies have started only accepting contactless payments from shoppers.
This is to reduce the need for physical contact by shoppers entering their pin numbers on card machines.
The changes were confirmed today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Andre Cregan, head of payments policy for the BRC, said: “The last contactless limit increase to £30 took two years to implement but, given the extraordinary circumstances we face today, this new £45 limit will be rolled-out from next week.
“Some shops will take longer to make the necessary changes, given the strain they’re under. In the meantime, most customers can continue to make contactless payments for higher amounts using their smart phone.”
Contactless payments were first introduced in 2007 and at the time shoppers were allowed to spend £10 in one transaction.
In September 2015 the limit increased to £30 and from next week this will rise to £45.
Lots of retailers have now shut their branches temporarily because of the coronavirus outbreak.
They remain open online but shoppers won’t be able to go into branches of shops including; John Lewis, Ikea, and Debenhams.
We have a full list of the companies already shut because of the virus.
Restaurants, bars, and cafes were told on Friday they needed to shut down, but they are still allowed to sell takeaway food.
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