CHATTANOOGA, Tenn – Holiday shopping season is here, which means even those who have stayed away from shopping throughout 2020 may be venturing out to buy gifts for loved ones and family members in the coming weeks. As we all work to slow the spread of coronavirus by practicing social distancing, we’re taking a look at some other best practices to consider going forward.

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Minimizing risk while you’re out and about includes staying socially distant, mask-wearing and minimizing touchpoints. If you’re using your credit card when you are shopping, that’s another potential touchpoint. One way to minimize the number of surfaces you come in contact with is by utilizing contactless payments.

By limiting the amount of cash you handle — or by avoiding your physical credit card and wallet altogether — you’re not just preventing yourself from coming in contact with someone else’s germs; you’re keeping others safe from yours as well.