Branson removes mask mandate

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The city of Branson is removing its face mask mandate.

The policy change goes into effect May 24. The Branson Board of Aldermen repealed the policy at its March 23 meeting, according to a news release.

The board previously mandated that face masks must be worn in public to protect against the coronavirus starting July 31. It was then extended on Sept. 8 and Oct. 13.

Branson Mayor Edd Akers, who sponsored the ordinance to remove the masking requirement, cited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showing declining cases. As of March 17, 13.8% of Taney County and 17.5% of Stone County residents had initiated vaccination, according to data provided by the city of Branson.

Springfield City Council most recently extended the local mask mandate until April 9.

This week, council adopted a resolution setting three key indicators as the thresholds of the COVID-19 Road to Recovery Plan. The indicators, set by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, will be used to determine when public health and safety regulations can be stepped down.