Free ‘face mask ATM’ comes into operation in HCM City

The first ‘free face mask ATM’ has officially came into operation in Ho Chi Minh City on August 6 as part of joint efforts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic throughout the country.


The ‘face mask ATM’ is located at 240B Vuon Lai street in Tan Phu district


Local citizens line up in order to access their free face masks


People uses antiseptic hand-wash ahead of receiving their free face masks


A GrabBike driver receives a face mask that can be reused for 30 washes


Hoang Tuan Anh, a Vietnamese entrepreneur who rose to fame after coming up with the idea of a ‘free rice ATM’ with a campaign launched in March 20 as a means of fighting the impact of the COVID-19, says his initiative stems from Ho Chi Minh City’s recent regulations on citizens wearing face masks in public places.


Following the implementation of the new rules by authorities in the southern city, Tuan Anh advises residents to come and get their free masks


A haul of 10,000 face masks are added to the ‘face mask ATM’ on the opening day. The site in Vuon Lai is expected to deliver face masks each Thursday from 10:00 to 16:00, while other locations will be installed across the city in an effort to distribute free face masks for residents on the other days of the week.