S'pore residents begin collecting 2 free reusable masks each from Temasek

People collecting their free mask kits at Our Tampines Hub on Sept 21, 2020.
People collecting their free mask kits at Our Tampines Hub on Sept 21, 2020.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Residents may collect on behalf of their family members and friends by bringing and scanning the barcodes of their respective government-issued IDs.
Residents may collect on behalf of their family members and friends by bringing and scanning the barcodes of their respective government-issued IDs.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
People collecting their free mask kits from vending machines at Tampines West CC on Sept 21, 2020.
People collecting their free mask kits from vending machines at Tampines West CC on Sept 21, 2020.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
People queueing to collect their pre-ordered mask kits at Plaza Singapura on Sept 21, 2020.
People queueing to collect their pre-ordered mask kits at Plaza Singapura on Sept 21, 2020.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - A fourth nationwide reusable mask distribution exercise is under way to help protect against Covid-19.

The initiative by Temasek Foundation enables Singapore residents to collect two reusable masks each starting from Monday (Sept 21).

The masks can be collected from vending machines by scanning the barcodes of an NRIC, a school smartcard, birth certificate, FIN or any government-issued identification with a barcode.

Domestic helpers and workers on work passes will also be able to collect the masks. Toddlers and children up to 12 years of age are eligible to collect kid-size masks.

Residents may collect on behalf of their family members and friends by bringing and scanning the barcodes of their respective government-issued IDs.

Temasek chief executive and executive director Ho Ching announced the exercise on Facebook on Sept 9.

The collection of masks will span a two-week period and last until Oct 4.

In her post, Ms Ho said there were ample supplies of white cloth masks and urged people to collect their masks after the first three days to avoid crowds.

Mask vending machines were operating as early as 9.10am this morning when The Straits Times visited Tampines Ville Residents' Committee centre. Queues were absent at collection points at Tampines Arcadia RC and Our Tampines Hub.


A woman packing mask kits inside a mask vending machine at Our Tampines Hub on Sept 21, 2020. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


People queueing to collect their pre-ordered mask kits at Plaza Singapura on Sept 21, 2020. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Members of the public may visit this website for the locations of vending machines for different mask types, as well as the availability of mask stocks.

A previous round of mask distribution was conducted in June and July through some 1,200 vending machines at bus interchanges, community centres/clubs and residents' committee centres.

 
 

The National Day packs by the National Day Parade organising committee this year also contained face masks that people said were practical and gave the annual pack a much more functional purpose.