Over 2000 Dutch stores have been affected by a major debit card outage this morning. Many have closed as a result. 

Since 6 AM, paying using a card machine at Albert Heijn, the drug store Etos, and liquor store Gall & Gall has been impossible.

While you can still shop for groceries, toiletries, and (most importantly) wine, payment is only possible by cash. As a result, a number of shops have decided to close their doors, reports RTL Nieuws.

The issue is due to a major network outage at provider KPN. While the provider doesn’t know how long the outage will last, a KPN spokesperson says they “are working hard to solve it.”

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The outage is compounded by coronavirus. Since March, Dutch people have been instructed to pay with card as much as possible to reduce transmission and contact via cash.

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