BRANSON, Mo. — The Board of Aldermen voted 6-0 in favor of an ordinance that would repeal masking requirements beginning Friday, April 16, at 12:01 a.m.
Branson’s new Board of Aldermen and mayor were sworn-in on Tuesday, April 13, making the meeting historic for the city. Replacing three aldermen and the mayor hasn’t been done since 2007.
After the new members are sworn-in, they went straight to work.
This meeting will be the first in-person meeting at city hall since December 2020.
Larry Milton, Branson’s new mayor, sponsored a reading of the city’s mask mandate for tonight’s meeting. He said he supported the ordinance because of the following:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown a significant decrease in weekly COVID-19 cases since late 2020 for Missouri and is forecasting a relatively flat trend of cases for the next four weeks.
- As of April 8, 2021, 29.3% of Missouri, 23.3% of Stone County, and 19.7% of Taney County has initiated the COVID-19 vaccination.
- The CDC has provided their Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated people, which relax the use of face coverings and physical distancing for those individuals that are fully vaccinated.
The mask mandate was formerly scheduled to expire on May 24.
Watch the Board of Aldermen’s meeting below: