WASHINGTON, DC – In case you’re tempted to take mask exempt cards seriously, the United States Department of Justice wants you to know they’re fake.
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband announced this week that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal claiming individuals are exempt from face mask requirements are fraudulent.
“Inaccurate flyers or other postings have been circulating on the web and via social media channels regarding the use of face masks and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these notices included use of the Department of Justice seal and ADA phone number,” United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman’s office announced in a statement about the fake cards and notices.
As the DOJ stated in a previous alert, the Department did not issue and does not endorse them in any way. The public should not rely on the information contained in these postings.
The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations.
In Rhode Island, masks have been required for everyone when in a public place, both indoors and outdoors, with only two personal exemptions and one conditional exemption (there are no cards issued regarding these exemptions) :
- Children under 2
- People whose health would be damaged by wearing a face covering
- People inside a restaurant or movie theater, while seated, consuming food and drink