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Usage of cash in Europe during COVID

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In US, some businesses (especially restaurants) are refusing cash, accepting payment only by card (presumably to limit transferring disease by cash). Is the same thing occurring in Europe? I'll be travelling to Paris, London, and Dublin and need to know if I'm going to travel 100% on card, or will be better served using local currency (as I would have done pre-COVID).

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In Berlin, you will find that businesses which can accept contactless payments (mostly medium-size to large businesses) are encouraging you to use them, but businesses which previously didn't accept card payments (e.g. small döner stands) still don't accept them now.

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In Germany, most shops still accept cash. Every Rewe, Aldi, Lidl, Famila, bakery and other grocery store I've been to still accepts cash. Most bakeries (except for the chains that are in train stations) only accepted cash before the pandemic and of the few that I've been to, one has begun to accepts cards, but the others did not.


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Usage of cash in Europe during COVID

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In US, some businesses (especially restaurants) are refusing cash, accepting payment only by card (presumably to limit transferring disease by cash). Is the same thing occurring in Europe? I'll be travelling to Paris, London, and Dublin and need to know if I'm going to travel 100% on card, or will be better served using local currency (as I would have done pre-COVID).


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In Berlin, you will find that businesses which can accept contactless payments (mostly medium-size to large businesses) are encouraging you to use them, but businesses which previously didn't accept card payments (e.g. small döner stands) still don't accept them now.

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It certainly has become much, much less odd to pay a bakery, tobacconist, newsagent or taxi with plastic in Germany than two years ago... - rackandboneman Apr 4 at 0:23

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