Face masks have become somewhat symbolic of life during the pandemic, which is now rising at an alarming rate throughout the southern and western United States.
However, they’ve become an extremely contentious issue in some more conservative areas. People are outright refusing to wear masks.
Some people have even gone to the lengths of creating false medical cards invoking the “Americans With Disabilities” act.
Keep on the lookout for these cards. They are used as an intimidation tool to scare business owners into letting people go without masks. This card and the organization “Freedom to Breathe Agency” have no legal basis. pic.twitter.com/B7dSL51gr0
— Michael B. Clark (@HealthLGBTQ) June 24, 2020
Face mask exempt card pic.twitter.com/r0lz14nqOm
— Keymaker (@freezerohedge) June 25, 2020
HEADS UP fellow businesses…. This is not a thing. This is what happens when Arts and Crafts Karens have too much time on their hands. We will throw it in the trash and send them on their way. pic.twitter.com/VKACSA3pRU
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) June 24, 2020
The cards list the “Freedom To Breathe Agency” as their distributor with a url that leads nowhere.
Instead, the “Freedom To Breathe Agency” is a Facebook group reportedly spreading conspiracy theories about the dangers of wearing masks.
Their website is….something else. Here are your "tools"
At the bottom of the page: "PLEASE REPORT ANY BUSINESS/ORGANIZATION THAT IS UNLAWFULLY FORCING FACE MASK MADATE TO FTBA" pic.twitter.com/APMmxoPmaO
— Shannon *WEAR A MASK, DON'T BE SELFISH* (@jodfoster) June 24, 2020
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) June 25, 2020
People trying to print their own licenses to spread Covid…
— Nyxyl (@iamnyxyl) June 25, 2020
just a heads up, that number on that card reports to this place
Chicagoland Pool Management Inc
Owner of (800) 514-0301
1612 Ogden Ave # 101
Lisle IL 60532-1228
— Devlin A Dreadwood (@Redgamingdragon) June 25, 2020
they really went all out 😂😂😂
— MaCkEnZiE oNyx: YT Vid Coming Soon, follow me:) (@xo_cab) June 25, 2020
The Department of Justice—whose logo appears in the middle-right of the card—said they are aware of the false cards and are investigating.
“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.”
At least make the domain real. Lol pic.twitter.com/uDMgYIHgRR
— Dave G. (@dgoloski15) June 25, 2020
I would say you are exempt from our services too! Bye bye. 👋🏽👋🏽
— Sporty🌊🌊🙋🏼 (@Sportylee) June 25, 2020
Arts and Crafts Karens. 😂😂😂😂😂
— Limited (@BiggestI) June 25, 2020
i swear to god if a customer pulls out a face mask exempt card i will be going to prison
— aunt ifah, bus driver (@goblinparties) June 25, 2020
i am FUMING. people are so selfish and inhumane that they’d rather make a fake “face mask exempt card” than do the bare minimum to help protect themselves and the people around them https://t.co/ArNvszKQ22
— stone cold dum-dum (@lilmuffinsav) June 24, 2020
As of now, 39 states mandate face masks in some way.
Face masks are reported as the least expensive effective measure in stopping the spread of the virus, with the person-to-person transmission dramatically decreasing upon use.
hey man you dropped your face mask exempt card pic.twitter.com/oW1E6FcM4w
— Manny (@AshenMistHeart) June 26, 2020
This reminds me of when my friend and I got fake IDs in Times Square that just said “ID Card” and looked like someone had made them with a home laminator. pic.twitter.com/2a393OFkIs
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) June 25, 2020
No one produced a face mask exempt card either.😭
— Musa 🤍 (@musa_nyezi) June 25, 2020
The Face Mask Exempt card has the same energy as a Female Body Inspector shirt.
— heathercore⚠️🐛 (@heathercore) June 25, 2020
"Face mask exempt card" is killing me 😭😭😭😭😭 they couldn't make it sound proper?
First sentence doesn't even make sense, lord at least put effort into it https://t.co/j6qs5BsveA
— Theo (@theocapeling) June 25, 2020
Until a vaccine becomes widely available, face masks are likely to be a part of our everyday lives.