When the pandemic began there just weren’t enough masks to go round, so groups of friends or block neighbours began churning out homemade masks – all change!
You could ask yourself why there weren’t enough masks to go round, which led to speculation and abusive prices, but that’s another story.
What concerns this article is the fact that the Government wants to regulate mask quality, so a piece of curtain with two loops of elastic as a mask will no longer be permissible.
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs will be rolling out additional regulations to those concerning pricing that came in to counter price speculation. Consequently, masks will have minimum standards and bear quality-control tags.
Already hospitals and medical centres are stopping people entering with only this kind of (homemade) mask because they do not provide a seal around the face.
The first step is that masks should have an item tag stipulating the characteristics of the mask, washing instructions, efficieny loss, etc.
Furthermore, masks will no longer (once the norms come into effect) be able to have “inscriptions, signs, anagrams, drawings or indications that could mislead the consumer concerning the quality of the mask the he or she is purchasing.” Even those masks that have a changeable filter insert will have to conform to filter specifications.