Lance Bass, a former “NSYNC” member, posted an image of a mask waiver card on Twitter on Wednesday,media CNET reported. The U.S. Department of Justice clarified that the mask exemption card was not true. The image shows a mezzanine card, falsely claiming that the holder is not obliged to comply with any requirements for wearing a mask because it is “physically or mentally risking” to those with the exempt card. The tweet has been retweeted more than 56,000 times.
A former Republican congressional candidate in Illinois posted a similar flyer on Facebook, falsely claiming that carriers are protected from mandatory wearing masks under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Health Insurance Transferability and Accountability Act of 1996.
“The Department of Justice is aware of posts or flyers on the Internet about the American Disability Act (ADA) and the use of masks in the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which include the Department of Justice’s seal,” the warning was posted on the Justice Department’s Americans with Disabilities Act information page. “These posts were not issued by the Department of Justice and were not endorsed by the Department of Justice. “
The Justice Department urged Americans not to rely on leaflets and cards like this for legal information, but to urge those in doubt to seek answers at ADA.gov. Americans can also contact the Justice Department’s Information Hotline on the Americans with Disabilities Act at 800-514-0301.