US Attorney's office warns of 'fraudulent' mask exemption cards

Claims ADA entitles them not wear a mask; DOJ says it 'does not endorse'

Sloane Martin
June 26, 2020 - 8:42 pm
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U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald is warning Minnesotans to be on the lookout for fraudulent cards that claim the Americans with Disabilities Act exempts them from wearing masks.

Printable cutouts of the cards have spread widely on social media, but in a statement MacDonald says the agency did not approve of its logo's use and the department does not endorse the cards. A picture of one from MacDonald's office states "wearing a face mask posses (sic) a mental and/or physical risk to me."

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The Minnesota Medical Association, which represents more than 10,000 doctors in the state, is recommending making wearing masks indoors and while using public transportation mandatory. The group says wearing a mask is an important part of the COVID-19 prevention toolbox that should be broadly adopted, just like social distancing and hand washing. Thirteen states have mandatory mask policies, as does Minneapolis and St. Paul for most indoor spaces.

The cards appear to have been started by the Freedom to Breathe Agency.

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