Coronavirus Singapore

Smooth start to new mask distribution exercise

Volunteers, staff deployed at most locations to help residents select correct mask sizes

Kaysha Zulaikha, five, collecting masks with her siblings at the Bukit Panjang Community Centre yesterday. The masks are available in four sizes - small, medium, large and extra large - with the small ones intended for children under eight.
Kaysha Zulaikha, five, collecting masks with her siblings at the Bukit Panjang Community Centre on Nov 30, 2020.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
People collecting new reusable face masks at a vending machine in the Toa Payoh Bus Interchange on the first day of distribution by Temasek Foundation yesterday. Each person is entitled to one free mask kit, which contains a pair of reusable masks an
People collecting new reusable face masks at a vending machine in the Toa Payoh Bus Interchange on the first day of distribution by Temasek Foundation.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Collecting the new reusable face masks was a smooth process for many Singapore residents on the first day of distribution by Temasek Foundation yesterday.

Those whom The Straits Times spoke to said the vending machines were easy to use as they simply had to select their mask size and scan their identification card. Each person is entitled to one free mask kit, which contains a pair of reusable masks and three mask filters.

A total of 1,200 vending machines are located islandwide at more than 800 locations, including bus interchanges, community centres and residents' committee centres, as well as Temasek Shophouse and Plaza Singapura, in this third round of mask distribution by the foundation.

When ST visited Chong Pang Community Centre and Nee Soon Central Community Centre yesterday morning, there were small queues of five to six groups of people at each vending machine.

Staff and volunteers were also deployed at most locations to help users select the correct mask sizes.

The masks are available in four sizes - small, medium, large and extra large - with the small ones intended for children under eight.

A resident, 67, who wanted to be known only as Mr Goh, collected a large-size mask at Chong Pang Community Centre. He said that having staff around helped him to select his size more accurately.

Another resident, who declined to be named, was there with her daughter to collect the masks: "I didn't have any issues determining the size of the masks as I often buy masks for the family, so I have a good gauge of what to get."

The girl said she had selected the medium size for herself instead of small as her mother had suggested that they save them for future use.

Ms Angela Koh, 61, who works in procurement, was collecting masks for herself and her mother-in-law at Hwi Yoh Community Centre.

She felt this round of mask distribution was timely, and she hoped the masks would be as comfortable as the previous ones. "I have been using the masks given out by Temasek in the previous round of distribution, which have got loose from frequent washing, so it is time for a change," she said.

She picked an L-sized mask for herself as its measurements were close to the medium-sized ones, but could cover a larger area of her face, especially at the chin.

The mask distribution exercise will end on Dec 13.

More information can be found at this website. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 01, 2020, with the headline 'Smooth start to new mask distribution exercise'. Print Edition | Subscribe