Islanders will now be able to spend more when shopping for food with their contactless bank cards or devices in Jersey.

Jersey banks have increased the limit from £30 to £45 to reduce the number of people touching card readers and minimise the spread of coronavirus.

Islanders can use contactless payments for payments up to £45 at Alliance, Co-Op, Sandpiper and Waitrose supermarkets.

Contactless payments can help to minimise contact with people outside of the household in line with Stay at Home and social distancing, by reducing the number of people who handle card readers. Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds International, NatWest International and Santander International have all increased their limit. >

States of Jersey

Contactless payments are payments made by tapping a debit or credit card, or smartphone, over a card reader, without needing to touch the cardreader or enter a pin number.

This is a sensible move by banks, payment providers and retailers. People should only leave their homes for essential reasons, for a maximum of 2 hours a day. Increasing the contactless payments limit to £45 will help prevent the spread of Covid-19 as people carry out these essential activities.

Senator Ian Gorst, Assistant Minister for Treasury and Resources