OP-ED: Is There a Place for Cash Payment in a Post-COVID-19 World?

Morning Consult | June 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended virtually every single industry and government alike, creating new challenges for how we go about our daily lives. As a result, trends have emerged from this new reality including how merchants serve their customers in a safe and reliable way, among them a rising reliance on electronic payment methods.

Almost overnight, electronic payments became the preferred method of payment among small businesses and their customers. This is largely due to the hygienic benefits that contactless methods offer, as cash requires close contact and exchanging of property, both of which increase transmittance of the virus and should be avoided if possible.
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