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Ozark To End Mask Mandate Thursday Night

Michele Skalicky

Another Ozarks city is ending its mask ordinance that was put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The City of Ozark’s mandate will end at 11:59 Thursday night, April 22.  According to a press release, the decision to end the mask requirement was made due to declining cases, vaccination efforts and “the wishes of Ozark’s residents.”

City officials say businesses in Ozark may still require customers to wear masks when they’re on their property.  They remind residents that the fight against COVID-19 isn’t over and they encourage residents to get vaccinated, continue social distancing and wearing a mask if they can’t be more than six feet from others.

Anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine in Christian County should call the county health department at 417-581-7285.

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.