All grocery stores and supply stores in Saudi Arabia are required to have electronic payment methods for customers effective from May 10, according to the National Program for Combating Commercial Cover-up (Tasattur).
The new decision aims to reduce cash circulation amid the coronavirus outbreak, said the Saudi Press Agency report.
The deadline for the new rule is May 10.
The decision, taken in consultation with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority and the Ministries of Commerce and Municipal and Rural Affairs, is consistent with the precautionary measures and procedures recommended by the competent health authorities to combat the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Saudi Arabia has implemented several measures to fight the spread of the virus including enforcing partial and total lockdowns throughout the Kingdom, in addition to the suspension of group prayers in all mosques.
So far, the kingdom has recorded 11,631 coronavirus infection cases and the death toll reached 109 on Tuesday. The health ministry said 1,640 patients have been recovered.