“Face Mask Exempt” Cards are Fake

“Face Mask Exempt” cards from the Freedom to Breathe Agency are not authorized and considered “fake”, according to Michigan’s Attorney General, Dana Nessel, and the Better Business Bureau. The cards contain an illegitimate seal from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Referring to the Freedom to Breathe Agency, Melanie Duquesnel, President and CEO of Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan & the Upper Peninsula, said, “This group, along with others, are attempting to pass themselves off as government agencies and are using fear as their tactic to get businesses to comply with their demands. We all need to be doing our part by wearing a mask in public unless one is, truthfully, medically unable to do so.” 

Face mask wearing is now required by executive order with fines and misdemeanor charges levied against those who willfully refuse. Masks are thought to reduce the likelihood of transmitting COVID-19 to another person in close proximity from 17% without a mask to 3% with a mask, according to the medical journal, The Lancet. Children under the age of five and those who are unable to tolerate a mask for medical reasons are exempt from the order.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland