U.S. Attorney warns that 'face mask exempt cards' are fake

The cards carry a DOJ seal, which the DOJ says is not authorized.
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Minnesota's U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald has issued a warning about fake "face mask exemption cards" that are circulating.

Laminated cards that state "wearing a face mask posses [sic] a mental and/or physical risk to me" have been distributed via a group on Facebook called Freedom to Breathe Agency.

The group, per CNN, said its aim is to stop face mask orders relating to COVID-19 "from spreading nationwide and globally."

The cards, which carry the seal of the Department of Justice and reference the Americans with Disabilities Act, warn that denying the holder access to a business because they're not wearing a mask "will be also reported to FTBA for further actions."

These cards are not endorsed by the DOJ, and misuse of the seal is a federal crime.

MacDonald says she is urging the public "not to rely on the information contained in these postings and flyers and to visit http://www.ADA.gov for official information about the Americans with Disabilities Act."

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth facial coverings in areas where social distancing guidelines may be difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transition," MacDonald said.

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The issue of wearing face masks is centered on public health advice but has become increasingly partisan in parts of the U.S., sparking anti-face mask movements despite scientists and epidemiologists

The remains an element of confusion about messaging earlier in the pandemic, when federal and state health officials were asking people not to hoard medical-grade N-95 masks so that hospitals could access sufficient personal protective equipment, and now when people are being asked to wear cloth masks when they are out of their home. 

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