Those COVID-19 Face Mask Exempt Cards Floating Around

There are reportedly fake I.D. cards circulating across Los Angeles County and online of "Face Mask Exempt cards" exempting someone from wearing a face mask in public due to mental and physical reasons, according to a tweet from the LA County Public Health.

LA County Public Health said in a tweet on Friday "Cloth face coverings MUST be worn anytime residents are around others not from their household, except by children under 2 and individuals with medical conditions that prevent use of a face covering."

According to snapshots of the card from the County's social media it says "Under the ADA I am not required to disclose any medical conditions to you" adding how much organizations and businesses can be fined for a "first ADA violation."

The real Department of Justice website issued an alert on its website saying "The Department of Justice has been made aware of postings or flyers on the internet regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which include the Department of Justice’s seal. These postings were not issued by the Department and are not endorsed by the Department. The Department urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings and to visit ADA.gov for ADA information issued by the Department."

Face masks are mandatory in the state after Gov. Newsom issued a statewide mandate last week. Meanwhile, California has seen a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

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