From 26 May to 14 June, Singapore residents with a valid identification card can collect one reusable mask each from designated community centres (CC), resident committee (RC) centres or at the individual's convenience from 24-hour vending machines located in all CCs.
The new cloth masks filter out bacteria, unlike the ones distributed before. The previous mask was useful in preventing people from touching their face too frequently and spreading germs widely as they speak, cough or sneeze. According to People's Association, the new batch is made of three layers of material and have a filtration efficiency of at least 95 percent, even after 30 washes. While reusable masks are more sustainable, it is also important to wash and sanitise them after every use. New materials have also been used to improve their resistance to droplets, as well as wearing comfort.
But before you rush out to collect your masks, here are some important things to note.
You can only redeem your mask after producing your ID with barcode for verification. Valid ID includes NRIC/FIN, work permit ID, student pass or a birth certificate for children. Do check for collection times at your CC or RC at the website. This time, vending machines have also been introduced, allowing easier access for residents who are unable to collect their masks during the designated times.
Can I collect the masks on someone's behalf?
Yes, you may collect the masks on behalf of your family members living in the same household by producing their IDs. To avoid crowding and long waiting times, one family member should collect the masks on behalf of the household.
Are there smaller sized masks for my kids?
There are two masks sizes and the kid sizes are suitable for children 12 years and below. To collect a mask for your kid, you have to present the correct identification documents for them.
I'm scared to come into contact with people while collecting my mask.
Safe distancing measures and temperature-taking are implemented at all CCs and RC centres to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of other residents, volunteers and staff. The high-touch areas on the machines are treated with a self-disinfecting coating, which can last for three months. The vending machines are also cleaned and restocked regularly. You can check the availability of masks at the website.