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CAST urges retailers to promote inclusivity and accept all modes of payment this holiday season

Despite the extremely low risk of COVID-19 transmission through the handling of currency, some retailers continue to discourage or outright refuse cash as a payment method

Montreal, Quebec, December 8, 2020As businesses, consumers and communities continue to struggle with the second wave of the pandemic, the Canadian Association of Secured Transportation (CAST) urges retailers to accept cash as a form of payment. > Continued

CAST welcomes the INSPQ’s recommendations on the acceptability of cash payments

No documented cases of COVID-19 transmission by banknotes


Montreal, Quebec, July 8, 2020The Canadian Association of Secured Transportation (CAST) welcomes the latest recommendations from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) to the effect that cash transactions are acceptable by stores and businesses. > Continued

Open letter: We Need to End the Practice of Cash-shaming: Cash is Vital to the Economy and Safer to Touch Than Cards

In response to continued misinformation about the cleanliness of cash and the refusal by businesses to accept it, the Canadian Association of Secured Transportation (CAST) issued the following open letter:

Montreal, May 21, 2020 – COVID-19 has exacerbated fears that as cash changes hands, it becomes a transporter of germs and viruses. But is cash really any worse than your debit or credit card? LendEDU, a company that helps consumers learn about financial products, used a scientific device that tests for bacteria on a given surface to examine just how dirty credit/debit cards and cash really are. > Continued


Open letter: Refusing cash means hitting the wrong target

In response to the refusal by some businesses to accept cash payments, the Canadian Association of Secured Transportation (CAST) issued the following open letter. 

Montreal, QC; March 21, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has quite rightly caused us to ramp up our hygiene and cleanliness precautions; but it is important that we rely on facts, not fear, before we take measures that have serious consequences. > Continued

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