How People Are Trying to Get Around Mask Wearing
It’s not only unethical, but incorrect
People without disabilities are trying to invoke the ADA to get out of wearing masks.
In a recent viral video, a worker at Gelson’s in Dana Point, California, stops an unmasked shopper from entering the store, explaining she needs to wear a mask to enter, as per store policy. After asking to talk to the manager, the shopper says, “I have a medical condition where I’m not allowed to wear a mask and I’m not required by HIPPA rules and regulations to disclose that.” (That’s not how HIPPA rules work.)
According to Snopes, this claim is based on a “mask loophole” meme circulating on Facebook, which encourages people to invoke both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and HIPPA when asked to wear a mask, neither of which can be applied to shoppers at a grocery store. Read more below.