The ADA and Face Mask Policies

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Go to for our main index page, which contains a concise list of medical studies, testimony from medical experts, etc.

This is a great resource to understand your rights & potential limitations & alternatives for people who can't wear a face mask due to medical condition. The following are excerpts. Click each link to read the information in full.

This is the main index page:

Disability & COVID-19- Face Masks & ADA

The ADA and Face Mask Policies
Updated: 8/20/2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, state and local government agencies and private businesses must make reasonable modifications to allow people with disabilities to access the goods and services they offer. Following ADA requirements for reasonable modifications within federal, state, and local health and safety guidelines will allow you to keep employees and customers safe, reduce new infections, and still provide goods and services to everyone.

This one is very good, be sure to read the whole thing: Face Coverings and Businesses: Balancing the ADA with Public Health During COVID-19 PRINT PDF

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upholds the right of people with disabilities to enjoy the goods and services of shops, restaurants, and other establishments, which include non-profit organizations and are also called places of public accommodation or Title III entities. For the purposes of this Q&A fact sheet, these establishments are referred to as businesses.

FAQs: The ADA, Small Business and Face Masks

Businesses are covered by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. There is no exception in Title III based on the number of employees or facility size. Businesses covered by the ADA must not discriminate based solely on a customer's disability. Businesses must also provide:

  • Reasonable modifications to their policies and practices to ensure customers with disabilities can access their goods and services

  • Effective communication through auxiliary aids and services ensuring that communication with people with disabilities is as effective as communication with people without disabilities.

  • Access to goods and services through the removal of physical barriers such as steps, narrow doorways, and high thresholds, when readily achievable.

This is one hour & 49 minutes in length. Webinar Archive: Face Coverings and the ADA - Application of ADA Title III


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