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Cards already distributed remain a valid way to communicate an exemption, the city said. The program is currently being reassessed and the city is considering other ways to distribute cards to those with legitimate exemptions and have been unable to pick up a card in person. The city said Tuesday its initial plan was to launch an online application process for the cards to be distributed by mail.
“We trust that those with legitimate exemptions have been able to obtain a card up to this point,” the memo said. “At this time, we are unable to say when this alternate distribution will be in place and when cards will be available again.”
More than 3,800 cards were doled out as of Tuesday at noon. The city didn’t provide the updated number on Wednesday.
Many businesses have voiced their concerns about the program, arguing it could lead to further confrontations and puts an added tension on those who support a “no mask, no service” policy.