The Branson Board of Aldermen last night voted to extend the city's mask mandate without setting an end date.
The vote keeps in place the extension passed last month after the original mandate was approved in July; the latest order was slated to expire at the end of today. While a specific date wasn't set for the updated mandate to end, the board can repeal it with a vote, according to a news release.
The ordinance passed yesterday cites a goal of continuing "to combat the spread of COVID-19."
The mandate requires the use of a face covering in public spaces, with violations that could result in a $100 fine and potential revocation of a business license and other permits, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.
The city's July ordinance brought on a lawsuit by business owners Jamie Hall and Bo Dejager, who claimed the mandate causes harm to the tourist city's economy and infringes on individuals' right to privacy. It was dismissed in August by the Taney County Circuit Clerk, according to past reporting.
Read profiles of this year's honorees.
Aaron York, general superintendent of Donco 3 Construction, describes what he sees in the construction job market in Springfield in 2021. Rachel York is the co-owner of Donco3 Construction.
Jim Meinsen gives his advice for finding new clients as the owner of a new or existing business. Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and recently celebrated 50 years in business.
Jeramey and Julia Henson discuss the reason they and HM Dentworks co-owner Chris McWhirter started the HM Dentworks Academy. With the job demands of their field taking them across the country, all three felt that they needed a plan for the future.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.