Ask ECRI: Exemptions for Wearing Masks in Aging Services
February 23, 2021 | Aging Services Risk Management
A member asked us for suggestions on how to handle a resident request for a medical or disability exemption from the requirement to wear masks indoors. For instance, should a resident who refuses to wear a mask be restricted from using an indoor fitness area?
In our reply, we noted a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report from June of 2020 that fraudulent documents were circulating bearing the DOJ seal and claiming that certain individuals are exempt from face mask requirements. The DOJ clarified that the Americans with Disabilities Act "does not provide a blanket...