Representatives of Hong Kong’s moist markets mentioned plans to steer distributors to change to contactless fee may not work due to obstacles together with poor wi-fi services, moist circumstances of stalls, or just because some stall homeowners are unwilling, RTHK experiences.
The feedback come after Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung briefly talked about on Tuesday that the federal government would subsidize stall homeowners in moist markets to put in contactless fee techniques.
One market vendor already utilizing contactless fee was the chair of the Yau Ma Tei Market Distributors Affiliation, Chan Yuen-fai, who runs a fruit and vegetable stall.
Chan mentioned he began accepting Octopus funds this month, that the Octopus reader he makes use of was put in totally free, and the 1.5 % transaction payment was waived for the primary six months, which he felt was affordable.
He instructed an RTHK radio program that as he runs a fruit and vegetable stall, it’s simpler for him to just accept Octopus funds as he sells dry items. However it will be exhausting for fish stalls to change to contactless funds due to the moist circumstances, he mentioned.
Chan additionally mentioned that Octopus readers additionally must be related to a wi-fi community to function, and that the networks supplied by the Meals and Environmental Hygiene Division should be reconfigured each hour, which isn’t handy for stall distributors.
In the meantime, a spokesperson from the Alliance on the Improvement of Public Markets, Leung Pui-shan, mentioned that along with offering subsidies, the authorities additionally want to assist some older and fewer tech-savvy stall homeowners to implement a contactless fee system.
The usage of digital fee strategies in moist markets was really useful by Hong Kong College microbiologist Ho Pak-leung, who mentioned notes altering palms at moist markets may have been a supply of an infection after a cluster emerged at Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan markets in August.-Photograph: RTHK