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Branson Leaders Approve Restrictions To Prevent The Spread Of Coronavirus

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The Branson Board of Aldermen passed has passed a bill Thursday that’s designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The ordinance prohibits planned or spontaneous events with 10 or more people.  It also prohibits businesses from exceeding 25% of their occupant load in enclosed public places.  Daycares and medical facilities are exempt.

Violators can face up to 90 days in jail or up to a $500 fine.  The ordinance will sunset on May 15.

The board also passed a resolution that encourages Branson residents to take steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The board encourages residents to avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes; avoid the emergency room unless it’s necessary; stay home when sick, practice excellent personal hygiene habits, stay away from people who are sick—especially if you’re at higher risk for COVID-19; clean frequently touched objects and surfaces; and stay informed by visiting coronavirus.gov.

The board asks employers to maximize telecommuting options for as many employees as possible; have employees stay home when they’re sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits; and consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people gathering at the same time. 

Taney County has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19.