At the end of July, the UK government announced new mask laws that made it mandatory for customers to wear a mask before entering any shop. Those who fail to do so could be fined up to £100, or £50 if paid within 14 days. These rules are enforced by the police and not shop staff, but only used as a last resort.
While this has been a boon in terms of customer and employee safety, it’s also made it incredibly inconvenient to pay for goods. Many shops have already banned the use of cash over fears of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, forcing people to use digital payments and cards instead. The most common and convenient option today is to use a contactless payment method such as your phone. But even that can be difficult to use now because it’s typically unlocked with Face ID which requires you to remove your mask.
The problems with paying for goods during COVID-19
If you’ve been to a store recently then you’ll likely have run into some of these issues:
- Not accepting cash payments due to hygiene concerns.
- Face ID not working because of mask laws.
- Slow contactless payments on your phone since you’re forced to enter a PIN code.
- Annoyance having to get out your wallet and take out a contactless card.
- Frustrations with having to take out your phone from your bag to pay for something.
- Bulging pockets since you need to keep your phone accessible.
These can be pretty frustrating situations to end up in. In some cases, you may even need to put the items back and come back later with an acceptable payment method. For some people, it’s even put them off buying things in general from a physical store. Instead, they opt for home delivery when possible or they’ll only go to stores that do accept cash.
Thankfully, there is a convenient and elegant solution to help you make payments during COVID-19.
Speeding up payments with K-pay
K-pay offers a wide variety of contactless payment wearables. Think of them as bracelets, keyrings and straps that look fashionable and contain your payment card information. You simply touch them on to the contactless payment terminal and your payment is swiftly made. They take minutes to set up with the Pingit app on your smartphone and it makes paying things in-store much easier. They’re also compatible with payment terminals on buses and trains.
In addition, K-pay wearables are water-resistant, emit no waves, are hypoallergenic and can be deactivated in a single step. With your wallet on your wrist, it greatly speeds up payments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. So having a convenient payment method on your wrist or key fob makes life a lot easier whenever you need to make a contactless payment.