COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The Justice Department has updated its Common Questions About COVID and the ADA website to address two (2) COVID-era issues affecting people with disabilities:

  • Ensuring that medical facility visitor policies take into account the rights of people with disabilities to receive equal access to care and
  • Ensuring that outdoor retail or dining spaces (sometimes called “streateries”) are accessible to people with disabilities and do not prevent individuals from using sidewalks and accessible parking.

“As a Nation, we cannot adequately respond to, and recover from, COVID-19 if we do not protect all of our neighbors. Civil rights protections and responsibilities still apply, even during emergencies. They cannot be waived.”  -Pamela S. Karlan Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights

There’s a lot of helpful information on this landing page, including additional resources.

Check out these questions and their answers: