The city of Branson has posted a proposed reopening ordinance that Branson aldermen will consider during a special meeting at noon on May 4.

Aldermen will review Chapter 58 of the Branson Municipal Code regarding personal conduct, enclosed public spaces and the spread of communicable diseases.

According to the posted agenda on bransonmo.gov, this ordinance is designed to bring the city of Branson back online while limiting the spread of COVID-19 within the city. This will be done by placing controls on personal behavior and public operations in the city by remaining consistent with the April 27 order of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Missouri governor Mike Parson announced this week that the state will begin a phased-in reopening of the state, beginning with Phase 1, which is scheduled to start May 4 and run through May 31.

The ordinance that will be considered by Branson aldermen has the proposed components:

–Requires individuals to wear face coverings while in indoor enclosed public spaces unless they are seated, eating and drinking or performing on a physical stage.

–Requires social distancing of six feet or more among non-family members.

–Enclosed public spaces can be open under a 25% occupant load if under 10,000 square feet and 10 % occupant load for any space over 10,000 square feet if they practice specific disinfectant measures.

–Requires signage at all businesses outlining requirements on social distancing, face coverings and groups of more than 10 people.

According to the agenda, violations of this ordinance carry a range of punishment of up to 90 days in jail or up to a $500 fine, as set in the general penalty provision in the Branson Municipal Code.

Alderman Bill Skains, contacted by phone, stressed that the proposed ordinance will likely be amended at the meeting.

“Staff came up with a recommendation, I’ve looked at it I’ve discussed it with several people in the community,” Skains said. “ I personally don’t want to see or require people to wear masks unless the (Taney County) Health Department requires them to wear it because they’re in the food service (or) restaurant business or because a particular business wants their employees to wear them. That’s their choice. That’s the health department’s thing, but the city of Branson, to require people to wear masks and then fine them $500. Nah, I’m not supporting that.”

If passed on both readings by the aldermen, or unless the aldermen amend it otherwise, this ordinance would go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5 and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 31. Visit bransonmo.gov to see the full agenda.

(5) comments

Bransonguy

This goes way overboard. We don't need this. Can we just trust people to make wise decisions for their own lives and businesses. We don't need this much gov. control in our lives. Come on Branson we can do better. Too much government overreach here. This virus is here to stay. Those that are afraid should stay home but let the rest of live life freely that want too. Less then 1% of Missouri population have this virus which means over 99% do not.

BransonRocks

Air on the side of caution with this Aldermen. Slow and steady wins the race. Plus its only 30 days. Not even high season.

BransonRocks

Slow and steady wins the race. It's only for 30 days. Isn't a single possible casualty worth 30 durn days?[beam]

stoltzdl

Agree strongly! Will we force tourists to pay a fine or sit in a jail cell for 30 days?

Bransongal

We the people (tourist) beg you not to do this ordinance. It will hurt this beautiful city so much! Please do

The right thing for your city and bring in the ones who love it too. I’m sure people will have common sense to stay home if needed. Thank you

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