Is Not Wearing A Face Covering In Public Protected By The Constitution? | NBC News NOW

published on July 12, 2020

There's no constitutional liberty rightthat allows one person to do anythingthey want even if it puts other peoplein danger courts have long recognizedthat the government's power to controlits citizens changes remarkably during a

Time of pandemic or some other publichealth emergency and that sometimes thegovernment has to force its citizens todo things and where things that innormal non-emergency situations thegovernment probably couldn't do

No one's rights are being violated by arequirement to wear a face covering inthe store stores are private propertyand if the store wants it can requirepeople to wear funny hats when they comein the reality is nobody's gonna shop at

That store if they have a funny hatrequirement yes you have a generalconstitutional freedom of speech butwearing a face covering is not aboutspeech it's about the Americans withDisabilities Act was enacted to ensure

That individuals with disabilities arenot treated differently and are notsegregated or excluded I've not seen anyevidence yet that an individual who isdisabled has a problem wearing a maskand if there were then the government

Building the grocery store that'scovered by the Act needs to offer areasonable accommodation hi I have amedical condition that I'm not allowedto wear a mask and I'm not required byHIPAA rules and regulations should I

Just close that Jake can we shuffle sowhat does that look like I have privatethings I want to get but maybe I don'twant you to see the store employees thatwe are able to accommodate you withshopping for you that is an offer of a

Reasonable accommodation that the storedoesn't have to have an unlimited numberof accommodations they just need tooffer a reasonable accommodation HIPAAlaws probably don't apply when a personwalks into a store and another person

Asks them for the reason for not wearinga face covering that's because HIPAAreally deals with the dissemination ofmedical records from medical providersit doesn't prohibit one person fromasking another person on the street hey

Why aren't you wearing a mess all of usare having to understand public healthand ways perhaps that we neverunderstood before when are we now goingto ask businesses to have to know HIPAAit's a tough world

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