Desjardins Increases Contactless Payment Limit in Response to COVID-19

On March 20, Desjardins Group announced its adoption of several preventive measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Effective on the announcement date was the increase of contactless payment limit on its point of sale (POS) terminals. The limit increased to $250 from $100. 

Individuals who own Desjardins credit cards can now visit grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential establishments to make purchases in a safer manner. The decrease in contact between retail employees and their customers can aid in social distancing measures. Desjardins also noted that this change “will affect a total of 6,000 merchants.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 can be spread through person-to-person contact. The CDC noted that maintaining approximately six feet away from others is integral for preventing the spread of the virus. 

In terms of surfaces and objects, the CDC stated that it is possible for the virus to spread when individuals touch their eyes, mouth, or nose after initiating contact. “This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus,” the CDC noted.

COVID-19 is also spread through respiratory droplets when an infected individual speaks, coughs, or sneezes. Other individuals nearby can be subjected to the virus if the droplets land on their noses or mouths, as well as if the droplets get inhaled into their lungs. 

In addition to social distancing measures, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested practicing good respiratory hygiene procedures. A person who needs to either cough or sneeze should cover their mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue. The tissue should then be immediately disposed of because it contains respiratory droplets.

The WHO also suggested that individuals wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. This should be done either with an alcohol-based hand wash or with soap and water because it would kill viruses that may be on the individual’s hands.

Guy Cormier, the president and CEO of Desjardins, stated that he is aware of the concerns of Desjardins’ members and clients. He said the cooperative is actively helping to limit the impact of COVID-19. 

“Increasing the contactless payment limit is just another way for us to help improve the well-being of people and communities,” Cormier added.

Merchant Broker understands the current situation and is working hard to provide clients with the best possible contactless payment processing solutions. To speak with a professional and informed representative over the phone, email info@merchantbroker.com.

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