The cards are linked to a group called the "Freedom to Breathe Agency." The front of the cards read, "I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public."
Friday, June 26th 2020, 11:16 PM EDT by Geoff HarrisUpdated:
Friday, June 26th 2020, 11:35 PM EDT
Earlier this week, a fake mask exemption card began circulating primarily on Facebook and Twitter.
The cards are linked to a group called the "Freedom to Breathe Agency." The front of the cards read, "I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public." The card also references the Department of Justice and the American with Disabilities Act. The DOJ said the cards are fraudulent and are not endorsed by the Department of Justice or the ADA.
Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio, the Chief medical officer at the Millennium Physician Group said the cards are worrisome to see because some may believe the cards are real.
“A lot of people could be thinking this is official. This is permitted. It certainly creates a lot of confusion,” Perez-Trepichio said.
Perez-Trepichio said people should rely on trusted sources.
“The CDC, the Department of Health of Florida and the Florida Medical Association — many organizations and entities that have your interest at heart,” he said.
He also said it's important to recognize that there are exceptions to the rules of wearing masks — but, we all must understand these exceptions.
“Kids that are younger than two years old and all those that have respiratory issues or those that may not be able to self remove the mask — those are the exceptions,” he said.
He also noted since these individuals cannot wear a mask, it's highly recommended they do not go out in public to decrease their chance of exposure.
As of Friday night, the "Freedom to Breathe Agency" Facebook page and website appear to have been taken down.
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