The Branson Board of Aldermen voted to extend its face covering mandate indefinitely Tuesday night. The aldermen will revisit the topic at a later date.
The passing of this ordinance means the Board of Aldermen and city staff will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation and will bring this issue before the board at an appropriate time in the future, a news release said.
The vote happened after about two hours of public comment.
The extension passed with five yes votes. Alderman Larry Milton refused to vote.
The ordinance has the following components:
- Requires individuals to wear face coverings while in indoor and outdoor public spaces unless they are engaged in certain activities or under the age of 13.
- Requires operators of public places to ensure guests use face coverings.
- Requires signage at all businesses outlining requirements on social distancing and face coverings.
- The penalty for violating this ordinance is a $100 fine and potential revocation of business license and other permits.
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