Contactless payment limit increased to help combat coronavirus

The contactless payment spending limit is to rise next month in response to coronavirus

The spending limit for contactless payments in store will be increased from next month in a bid to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

From April 1, shoppers will be able to spend up to £45 on their contactless card transactions, compared with £30 at present, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) revealed. The change comes after lobbying by the trade body and following consumer demand for a higher limit.

The coronavirus outbreak has prompted concerns about the use of cash and PIN-entry devices, in case the infection is spread by contact.

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