Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband reiterated in a statement issued June 30 that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from face mask requirements are fraudulent.

Inaccurate flyers or other postings have been circulating on the web and via social media channels regarding the use of face masks and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these notices included use of the Department of Justice seal and ADA phone number.

As the department has stated in a previous alert, the department did not issue and does not endorse them in any way. The public should not rely on the information contained in these postings.

The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations.

The public can visit, ADA.gov, or call the ADA Information Line at, 800-514-0301 (voice), and, 800-514-0383 (TTY) for more information.

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