Temasek Foundation announced on June 25 that it will be distributing a pair of antimicrobial face masks to every resident of Singapore, from June 29 at 10am to July 12 at 11:59pm.
The masks are being distributed as part of StayMasked, a Stay Prepared initiative by Temasek Foundation.
Here's what a MaskSafe kit, which includes two MaskSafe DET30™ adult-sized antimicrobial masks, looks like:
How to collect the mask kit
According to Temasek Foundation, the mask kits will be distributed across the island at any of the 1,200 vending machines, which can be found at bus interchanges, community clubs and residents' committee centres.
To collect your mask kit from June 29 to July 12, residents will need to scan the barcode on their NRIC, Birth Certificate, FIN, or any government-issued identification with a barcode at any Temasek Foundation mask vending machines.
Here's what the mask vending machine looks like:
In the event a person tries to obtain masks illegally, the vending machines also have a webcam, which captures the face of everyone collecting their masks and can be used to find the perpetrator.
Ordering extra pairs of DET30™ masks
For those who would like to purchase more antimicrobial masks, you can pre-order up to five additional pairs of masks via the StayMasked website or DBS PayLah!.
Each pair of masks costs S$8.
After each successful transaction, a unique QR code will be generated and sent to the mobile number used for the order so that residents can redeem their prepaid purchases at the vending machines.
According to Temasek Foundation, direct sales or payment will not be available at the vending machines.
How to care for the DET30™ masks
The MaskSafe DET30™ reusable masks are antibacterial and have been tested against various bacteria and viruses.
The masks have been found to have a 94 per cent effectiveness against Influenza A virus.
The masks can be washed 30 times.
Here's the recommended way to wash them:
For more details, you can visit the StayMasked website here.
Top images by Zhangxin Zheng and Sumita Thiagarajan