Anti-mask group issues ‘exemption’ card while California ponders citations

There’s no such thing as a Department of Justice-approved face mask exemption card, the federal government says.

Such cards include the Justice Department seal, and cite the Americans with Disabilities Act, but are not in fact approved by the department, the feds said in a recent statement.

The cards are being distributed by an anti-mask group called the Freedom to Breathe Agency, reported Friday.

The agency has been issuing cards that claim to “exempt” the cardholder from having to wear a mask wherever they go, citing the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public. Wearing a face mask poses a mental and/or physical risk to me. Under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), I am not required to disclose my condition to you.” reads one version of the card.

Founder of TFBA, Lenka Koloma, said that cards never stated that they were issued by the ADA or Department of Justice and that they were to make people “aware of their rights,” she said.

But the DOJ issued a statement saying many of the bogus cards include the department’s seal.

“The Department urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings and to visit for ADA information issued by the Department.” the statement said.

In response to the rising COVID-19 cases, Los Angeles county has started considering issuing citations for “Reckless Endangerment” to those people who refuse to wear a mask in public.

“I truly can’t fathom the people who are politicizing mask-wearing — literally for some people, a choice that will (mean) life and death,” said Councilman Paul Koretz on Friday.

California Governor Gavin Newsom also announced Friday that he would leave it to county officials but was “committed to intervening.” is the county couldn’t establish proper prevention measures.

By Saturday morning, Los Angeles County led the nation in number of confirmed cases, with 91,577 reported.

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