All Hong Kong residents can start applying online for free reusable masks distributed by the HK Government from 7am today (May 6). In the first hour, around 50,000 people had already registered through this website:https://www.qmask.gov.hk/
To be eligible for the masks, you have to provide your HK identification number, date of birth, recipient address and mobile phone number. You can sign up for at most 6 people per time. The estimated delivery time will be about 2 weeks.
The reusable mask, CuMask+™, was developed by The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel Limited (HKRITA) with funding support from the Innovation and Technology Fund. It has a special six-layer structure, with two layers containing small quantities of copper.
The mask reaches the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2100 Level 1 standard in terms of particle filtration efficiency (PFE), bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) and resistance to penetration by synthetic blood, and is effective for 60 washes. After that, the mask can continue to be used by replacing the filter.
The mask design is patented and was awarded a Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2018.
If any residents haven’t been able to register for the masks before the deadline of June 6, they can still get them at the post office when presenting their ID cards.
The government also released a video with instructions to correctly wear and clean the reusable mask. Please check it out: