TL;DR – Wear a mask only if you are sick.
Singaporeans can now stop panicking about not being able to get their hands on masks because the government has taken the extra step to ensure that all Singaporeans will have access to masks when they are ill and need to wear a mask.
It has been announced that the government will be distributing masks to all 1.37 million Singapore households between Feb 1 and Feb 9.
Each pack will consist of four surgical masks and these masks will be made available progressively at the 89 community centres (CCs) and 654 Residents’ Committee (RC) Centres.
Priority will also be given to areas with a high number of vulnerable residents, rental block residents, and Pioneer Generation members.
Residents are required to bring along their NRIC for verification for the collection of the masks.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, here’s a gentle reminder to everyone that:
- Only people who are unwell should wear a mask. So, if you are sick, please wear a mask to prevent yourself from passing the virus onto others.
- There is no need to hoard masks, really. Because doing so will deprive others who really need them – for instance, the frontliners and the healthcare workers.
- There are sufficient stocks of surgical masks available in Singapore, so long as we use them responsibly.
So, chill. No need to kan jiong.