Mastercard and Sixth Sense launch shop opening tracker

Mastercard has launched an online search tool to see which shops have reopened, as the nation gradually comes out of Coronavirus lockdown.

The site has been built in partnership with data analytics firm Sixth Sense, is free to use and provides up to date information on which shops and businesses are open for trading in line with government guidance.

It will allow people to search which businesses are open locally, across the UK, including: places to eat, clothing and shoe stores, opticians and dry cleaners.

The site will record a shop or business as open if it has taken a Mastercard payment in the previous seven days, with updates to the site on a daily basis based on this data.

Shops don’t need to register to take part. The site will automatically record them as ‘open’ if they are trading and have taken a Mastercard payment within their store. It will also provide a Google search link for people who want more detail about the business, such as contact details and opening times.

Scott Abrahams, senior vice president of business development at Mastercard UK, said: “Over the coming weeks and months, as our high streets gradually reopen, will offer both consumers and businesses a free and simple, but valuable, way to confirm they are ready for customers to return.

“By using Mastercard insights and technology, it will also be able to give people an almost real time view of shops and businesses as they reopen.”

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