The People's Association will distribute reusable masks to Singapore residents between April 5 and 12.
They can be picked up on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with priority queues for seniors.
Due to the increasing severity and spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore, the government has updated its stance on masks.
Previously, according to scientific recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), people were advised only to wear surgical masks to protect others around them when they were sick.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, however, mentioned that there may be cases where the community spreads unnoticed because an infected person can pass the virus on before symptoms appear.
People are strongly advised to avoid going out unless required. However, they, especially the elderly, can benefit from reusable masks to protect themselves when they have to leave their homes.
PM Lee added that frontline masks are kept for healthcare workers who need them to continue caring for patients during this time.
Residents can visit www.maskgowhere.sg or look on the community center billboards to pick up their masks.
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