Stricter measures to control the coronavirus are now in place in Branson. In an emergency special meeting Monday, the Board of Aldermen voted to restrict non-essential business operations, public and social gathering and forcing social distancing by individuals.
The vote was five to one on the first reading and five to one on the second and final reading. Alderman Kevin McConnell was the lone ‘no’ vote both times.
The measures, which go into effect Tuesday, March 24, prohibit public and social gatherings of more than 10 people; require social distancing of six feet or more amongst non-family members; prohibit non-essential businesses from operating in Branson; prohibit eating and drinking on the premises at any restaurant or business open to the public; and allow essential businesses to remain open as long as they don’t exceed 25% of their occupant load in enclosed public places. Daycares and medical facilities are exempt. Lodging establishments must adhere to the rules for public spaces. There are also restrictions on nursing home and retirement facility visits.
Violations of the ordinance carry a range of punishment of up to 90 days in jail or up to a $500 fine.