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Branson Board of Aldermen passes face-covering mandate

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BRANSON, Mo. – After hearing from experts and citizens of Branson, the Branson Board of Aldermen has passed a masking ordinance 4-1 for the City of Branson.

The ordinance will go into effect starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 and will remain in effect until 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Here is what the ordinance entails:

  • Requires individuals to wear face coverings while in indoor and outdoor public spaces unless they are engaged in certain activities or under the age of 13. 
  • Requires operators of public places to ensure guests use face coverings. 
  • Requires signage at all businesses outlining requirements on social distancing and face coverings. 

The penalty for violating this ordinance is a $100 fine and potential revocation of business license and other permits. 

Under this ordinance, everyone over the age of 12 will be required to wear a face-covering when in public spaces in the city limits of Branson.

Exemptions are made for those with a health condition documented by a medical professional, who are hearing impaired and someone who is communicating with a person who is hearing impaired.  

Other exemptions include: 

  • Swimming 
  • Obtaining a service involving the head, face or nose 
  • Playing a sport, exercising or using exercise equipment 
  • Outdoors while maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet 
  • Being outdoors who is closer than six feet to family members of people they reside with 
  • Performing on a fixed stage 
  • Engaging in public speaking while socially distancing 
  • Any public safety officer engaged in an emergency situation 
  • Any person during a wedding ceremony or while photographs of the wedding and reception are taken 
  • Any family member of a deceased person during a funeral, interment or memorial 

The entire ordinance can be found on the City’s website.

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