<kbd id="64sw1ygo"></kbd><address id="9izphmmd"><style id="e2kk3gdg"></style></address><button id="l34gih3l"></button>

          “These postings were not issued by the Department and are not endorsed by the Department,”  the government agency said

          By Maria Pasquini
          June 26, 2020 03:22 PM
          Advertisement
          Californians wearing face masks
          Apu GOMES / AFP

          The Department of Justice stepped in this week after social media was flooded with false information about so-called “face mask exemption cards," which claimed to give people the right to ignore local mandates about wearing protective coverings in public.

          500 Internal Server Error

          Internal Server Error

          The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.

          Many cards also featured the seal of the Department of Justice, as well as the seal and website for the Freedom to Breathe Agency. The group’s Facebook page appears to have been deleted and their website is no longer active.

          The group originally called themselves the Anti-Mask Task Force and was “designed to stop face mask orders from spreading nationwide and globally,” according to Newsweek. The name they used was also similar to the moniker used by the environmental organization Freedom to Breathe, which advocates for clean air and awareness of climate change and supports the use of masks to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

          Fake card
          Facebook

          In their statement, the Department of Justice made it clear that they were not behind the cards, nor did they endorse them.

          “The Department of Justice has been made aware of postings or flyers on the internet regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which include the Department of Justice’s seal,” the statement read.

          These postings were not issued by the Department and are not endorsed by the Department,” the statement continued. “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.”

          RELATED VIDEO: New York Area Requiring 14-Day Quarantine for Travelers from States with Soaring Coronavirus Cases

          As states continue the process of reopening, some are seeing a surge in new coronavirus cases, and many government officials are requiring that people wear protective face coverings in public.

          Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a new statewide mandate on Tuesday, which requires masks in indoor settings, as well as outdoor settings if social distance rules cannot be maintained. Individuals who violate the mandate will face a misdemeanor charge.

          "I think of these face coverings, in some sense, as a statement," he said during a press conference. "It's a statement that when you wear it, it means you care about people, because it means you want to reduce the risk that you are going to infect another person."

          Residents in Connecticut, California, Delaware, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Illinois are also required to wear masks in public.

          In a recent study, researchers found that the risk of transmission went down 85 percent when people wore a mask, and that 500 Internal Server Error

          Internal Server Error

          The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.

          of reducing the spread of the virus spread.

          As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.

              <kbd id="6d25pvwb"></kbd><address id="qasdfim1"><style id="7bcka8pm"></style></address><button id="kaykr28x"></button>