The contactless card limit will be rising to £45 from £30 next week after there has been a limit on cashing shopping, in a bid to help stop coronavirus spread.
To try and help limit physical contact between people to fight off the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in-store contactless payment will rise to £45 next week instead of the current £30.
From Wednesday 1 April, many shops will be allowing people to spend up to £45 with a tap of their contactless card.
This will be rolled out across the UK, but some shops may take longer to implement this new limit as retailers, which includes supermarkets, are currently operating at peak capacity.
It’s only recently that some stores have accepted contactless payments from shoppers.
The aim is to reduce the amount of physical contact between shoppers as they enter their pin numbers on card machines.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) confirmed the changes today.
Head of payment policies for BRC, Andre Cregan, has stated: “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 smartphone.”
Contactless payment was first introduced in 2007 and at the time, shoppers were allowed to spend up to £10 in one transaction.
Following this, in September 2015 the limit was increased to £30 and from this week, it will rise to £45.
Many retailers have been forced to shut their branches temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak.
However, many remain open online but shoppers will not be able to go into branches of shops including John Lewis, IKEA, and Debenhams.
On Friday, restaurants, bars and cafes were told they would need to shut down, but are still allowed to sell takeaway food.