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Mask Ordinance In Branson Ends On Friday

Michele Skalicky

The City of Branson will no longer require masks in public spaces as of this Friday.  In March, the Board of Aldermen voted to end the mask mandate on May 24th.  But yesterday, the board voted in favor of an ordinance sponsored by Branson’s newly elected mayor, Larry Milton, to end the requirement earlier.

According to a news release, Milton sponsored the bill because of the declining cases of COVID-19 in Missouri and because 23.3 percent of Stone County residents and 19.7 percent of Taney County residents have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The city is encouraging local businesses to mandate their own safety requirements for staff and customers.

The Branson Board of Aldermen first voted to require face coverings last July.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.