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New reusable masks to be given out by Temasek Foundation from Jan 10

SINGAPORE — Residents in Singapore will be able to collect a free reusable mask each from Jan 10, in the latest nationwide distribution exercise by Temasek Foundation, the philanthropic arm of state investor Temasek Holdings.

A new range of protective face masks are available in medium (left) and large (right) sizes.

A new range of protective face masks are available in medium (left) and large (right) sizes.

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SINGAPORE — Residents in Singapore will be able to collect a free reusable mask each from Jan 10, in the latest nationwide distribution exercise by Temasek Foundation, the philanthropic arm of state investor Temasek Holdings.

The N95-grade masks can be collected at any #StayMasked vending machines located islandwide, from 10am on Jan 10 until 11.59pm on Jan 23, the non-profit organisation said in a news release on Thursday (Jan 6).

Almost 1,000 vending machines can be found in community centres, residents’ committee centres, selected bus interchanges, recreation centres, Plaza Singapura mall and Temasek Shophouse located near Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.

The MaskPure Air+ masks provide N95-grade filtration against harmful particles and protect against 99.9 per cent of viruses and bacteria, the foundation added.

They are also water-repellent and will retain their protective features for up to 30 rinses or more than seven months if worn daily and rinsed weekly. 

As there is sufficient stock, residents are advised to collect their masks after Jan 13 or during non-peak hours to avoid crowds, the foundation added.

Similar to previous mask distribution exercises, residents may collect the free mask by either scanning the barcode on their government-issued identification cards or keying in their identification card numbers at the vending machines.

The new masks come in only medium and large sizes for adults and some older teenagers.

Residents may also collect extra masks for their younger children or for friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable and in need, by using their respective government-issued identification card.

More masks (up to five masks for each type) may be ordered online between 10am on Jan 10 and 11.59pm on Jan 22 at S$13 each, subject to availability. Direct sales or payment will not be available at the vending machines.

This is Temasek Foundation's fifth reusable mask distribution exercise in the last two years.

For more information and details on the locations of vending machines and stock availability, as well as how to use, rinse and care for the masks, visit the StayMasked webpage.

The public is also advised to check the sizes of the new range of masks online before collection because the sizing is different from the previous free masks, the foundation said. 

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