The ongoing debate on whether or not to wear a face mask is resulting in a new hoax — the fake face mask exemption card. The fake card gained traction after former NSYNC star Lance Bass tweeted a photo of the card to warn businesses from being fooled.
“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,” he tweeted.
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
DOJ Confirms the Card Is Fake
The Department of Justice is now confirming that the card is not a real thing.
The card falsely claims that its holder is “exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public.” According to the card, wearing a face mask “posses a mental and/or physical risk” to the owner. It cites the Americans with Disability Act and says that the holder doesn’t need to explain their condition to businesses. The card also states that businesses that violate ADA could face fines up to $150,000.
The cards come from a Facebook group called The Freedom to Breath Agency, or FTBA. Previously, the group went by the Anti-Mask Task Force, Newsweek reports.
The group’s Facebook page said the group was “designed to stop face mask orders from spreading nationwide and globally.” Last week, another Facebook group made headlines for trying to start the “Burn Your Mask” challenge to protest mask orders.
“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,” reads an alert on the DOJ’s info page for ADA. They emphasized that they didn’t issue the cards, nor do they endorse them.