How To Invoke a Face Mask Exemption at the Doctor or Dentist
Thank you for the excellent article about not wearing the mask at the grocery store. Bravo! Neither have I, and each time we do so, we create just a little more precedent to exercise our God given Liberty.
I am scheduled to have a dental treatment shortly. Any advice you can offer how not to comply with the mask mandate? It would be most appreciated. I don’t intend to wear a mask under any circumstances, but neither do I wish to endanger my dentist’s license to practice.
Blessings, and may Liberty increase forever!
No one wants to cause their dentist to lose their license, and those with a legitimate face mask exemption don’t want to put themselves at risk by wearing that mask. Your dentist’s office has a face mask policy. As with any other face mask policy, you can just learn about the policy and exemptions and see if it fits you.
In the same way that you need never wear a mask to the grocery store to other stores and you need never wear a mask anywhere else in life, there’s no reason to wear a mask to the dentist or doctor when you have a legitimate exemption to their rule.
These are steps I would recommend for your dentist’s office or doctor’s office.
1.) Inquire About Exemptions
Over the phone or by email you can simply write “I am scheduled to come into your office and was wondering about the exemptions to your face mask policy.” Email and phone both have advantages. If you are worried about not being ready to answer a question on the spot, then email may be the way to go since it will give you a little extra time to think over your response and to say what you need to.
2.) See If You Fit Their Policy
Take a look at the response. Honest human interaction is based on the idea of identifying your boundaries, communicating your boundaries, and defending your boundaries. You have now started a conversation in which you are able to communicate your boundaries and in which your dentist and his staff are able to communicate theirs. This is a good first step in the right direction.
3.) Request An Exemption
Ideally they will send you a written policy, to which you can respond “I am unable to wear a face mask safely.” A written policy sent to you is best because then you can clearly see where you fit into their policy and whether your exemption counts. It puts all patients on the same footing in terms of granting exemptions. It might also allow for exceptions to the policy to be requested.
However, like any other small business, a dentist or doctor is often likely to have more busy work than time to handle everything. It takes some doing to put together a written policy, so they might not have any policy to send you. They might just write “Do you have a medical condition that stops you from wearing a face mask?”
You could respond to their email with “I am unable to wear a face mask safely. Can you make the proper arrangements for me to come in?”
In a medical or dental setting they are used to all kinds of personal protective equipment (PPE), so they might say that it’s fine to not wear a face mask, but that you must wear some other type of PPE, such as a face shield.
To this, introduction of a new form of PPE, you can now start the whole process over again. You may be one of the many millions who cannot safely wear a face shield either. In the example of a face shield, you can again respond “In your policy, what are your face shield exemptions?”
After they send you the exemptions, you can have a look to see if you fit the exemptions, and state “I am unable to wear a face shield safely. Can
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