More free masks are coming your way, but you’re not getting reusable masks this time. Instead, Temasek Foundation is giving each household 25 N95 respirator masks and 50 medical grade surgical masks. Collection starts Aug 26 and ends Sep 26.
Now, before you make a dash for the free masks, there are a few new details to take note of. Mask collection will be carried out differently this time, with new ways to help you avoid queuing (and crowding around in public spaces). There’s enough to go around, so don’t need to panic and collect now, okay?
Where to collect
There are 131 collection points islandwide, including 15 select CapitaLand malls (11am-8pm daily) and some supermarket outlets of Sheng Siong, Prime Supermarket, Cold Storage, FairPrice Xtra and Giant (varying collection hours).
Not all supermarket outlets are collection points, so you’ll have to take note or check here before you go.
How to beat the queues
Better yet, there’s a digital queue system in place so you can pre-queue and be informed when it’s your turn to collect. You can also check the length of the queue via the digital queue system.
Go to this website to get an online queue number and get notified on your mobile phone when it’s your turn to collect. No need to stand in line to wait.
Not all the collection points are included in the digital queue system. You can pre-queue at these 11 malls: Bedok Mall, Bugis Junction, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Funan, IMM, JCube, Junction 8, Lot One, Plaza Singapura, Tampines Mall, and Westgate.
What to bring in order to get your free masks:
#1: Your SP bill (physical or digital), or provide your SP residential account number at the collection point.
#2: A bag big enough for up to three boxes of masks (surgical masks will come in either one box of 50 or two boxes of 25 masks). No bags will be provided.
When to use a higher grade mask
The surgical and N95 masks distributed have 95 per cent particle filtration efficiency or better, says Temasek Foundation. The masks are not meant for everyday use. Instead, save this stash for higher-risk or higher exposure situations.
For example, use a surgical mask when you have flu symptoms and are going to see a doctor. Or if you’ve tested positive with an ART (antigen rapid test) self-test kit, are going to the doctor for your confirmatory Covid-19 test or are in higher risk settings (eg. swabbing operations), use an N95 mask.
More info here.
Photos: Temasek Foundation, screenshots