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Branson Board Of Aldermen Approves Face Covering Mandate

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Michele Skalicky
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Face coverings are now required in public spaces in the city of Branson.  The city’s board of aldermen voted four to one in favor of a masking ordinance during a special meeting on Tuesday.

The ordinance goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. this Friday, July 31, and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, September 8.

The mandate requires people to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public spaces unless they’re engaged in certain activities or are under age 13; requires operators of public spaces to ensure that guests are complying; requires signage at all businesses; and carries a penalty of a $100 fine and potential revocation of business license and other permits.

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

Other exemptions include: 

  • While swimming 
  • While obtaining a service involving the head, face or nose 
  • While playing a sport, exercising or using exercise equipment 
  • While outdoors while maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet 
  • While outdoors who is closer than six feet to family members of people they reside with 
  • While performing on a fixed stage 
  • While 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 

Branson Police will work to educate any violators of the ordinance before pursuing further action, according to a news release. Just like any other City ordinance, violations of the face covering ordinance can be reported by calling 911, it said. 
View the ordinance here