September 10, 2020published at 3:35 AMByTrini NgAsiaOne

[UPDATED, Sept 10, 2020, 11.35am]:

The Stay Prepared hotline recording no longer states that collection will commence on Sept 21.

However, a representative from Temasek Foundation has confirmed with AsiaOne that distribution of the reusable masks starts on Sept 21 and details will be released on the Stay Prepared website soon.

Temasek Holdings chief executive officer Ho Ching took to Facebook last night (Sept 9) to address the second round of mask distribution and said that Temasek Foundation will make a formal announcement before this coming weekend.

She also gave additional information about the upcoming mask collection:

  • Domestic helpers or workers on work passes are able to collect their free pair of masks using their FIN card.
  • Kid-sized reusable masks are suitable from toddlers to 12 years old. Pre-teens who are of a bigger size may also opt to collect an adult mask if they prefer. Do bring along their birth certificate, student pass, or FIN for collection.
  • Pre-orders are open to Singapore residents, as well as visitors who do not have any Singov issued identification.
  • The limited colours of peach, denim and black masks for pre-orders are sold at $10 per kit and each customer can order up to five kits.
  • For the new navy colour, it is retailing at $8 a kit and is limited to 10 kits per person.

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Being Singaporeans, we jump at the chance to collect anything that’s free. So when Temasek Foundation distributed a pair of free masks in June, we couldn’t be happier.

But as it is recommended to use it up to 30 times of washing, if you have used it daily, there’s a high chance that you have out used their lifespan. And if that’s you or you missed the collection window the last time, here’s some good news!

A poster shared on the Singapore Atrium Facebook page yesterday (Sept 8) stated that Temasek Foundation is organising another distribution round of free reusable masks from Sept 21 to Oct 4.

Anyone with a government-issued identification that has a barcode is eligible to collect two free masks from 10am onwards during the stipulated period.

Currently, the information has not yet been posted on the official site, stayprepared.sg/masks, but when dialling into the Stay Prepared hotline on the poster, the recording on the other end mentioned that collection of the masks will commence from Sept 21 as stated on the poster.

Similar to the masks given out in June, MaskSafe DET30™ white masks will be distributed in the upcoming collection. Like the last time, masks are reusable, antimicrobial, and washable up to 30 times. You can find details of how to care for the mask here.

And if you have little ones in need of masks, there is the option to collect kid-sized masks this time.

For those who feel that two masks aren’t enough, you can also make an online pre-order. And you’ll have more color choices: peach, denim and black in both adult and child sizes. Pre-order starts from 8am on Sept 13 and ends on Oct 2. 

For more information on the collection, visit the website at a later date. 

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