Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

Temasek to give out 2 masks to each Singapore resident from Sept 21

SINGAPORE – Each Singapore resident will be able to collect a pair of masks using their Government-issued ID from Sept 21, in yet another nationwide mask distribution initiative by Temasek Foundation.

Domestic helpers and workers on work passes will also be able to collect the masks. Toddlers to 12-year-olds will be eligible for kids-sized masks.

Temasek chief executive and executive director Ho Ching made the announcement on Facebook on Wednesday (Sept 9) night. WhatsApp messages have been speculating about the exercise.

“The Temasek Foundation folks have been planning this for some time, and were working to make a formal announcement before this weekend,” Ms Ho said.

The collection of masks will span a two week period, from Sept 21 till Oct 4. Ms Ho said there are ample supplies of white cloth masks and urged people to go after the first three days to avoid crowds.

Those who want more masks, or who want masks in other colours – such as black, peach, denim blue, and navy – can pre-order online for a fee.

The adult and kid white masks go for $8 per kit – containing two masks – and people can pre-order up to a maximum of 10 extra kits per person.

Navy masks also go for $8 per pair, capped at 10 per person, while masks in other colours are $10 per pair, capped at five kits per person.

The pre-order period is from Sunday till Oct 2.

A round of mask distribution, also by Temasek Foundation, 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 also contained face masks that people said were practical and gave the annual pack a much more functional purpose.

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