THE limit for in-store card transactions by contactless-enabled cards is to increase soon.

At the beginning of next month, the limit will change from £30 to £45.

Why is the change happening?

The move has been name to help reduce physical contact with keypads on chip and pin machines due to the coronavirus crisis.

It is hoped the increased limit will help in the fight against Covid-19.

When will the change take place?

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said the move would begin on April 1, 2020, but warned that implementation in some shops may take longer.

What has the British Retail Consortium said about this?

BRC head of payments policy, Andrew Cregan, 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.”