News Flash


Posted on: March 19, 2020

Branson Board of Aldermen Vote to Restrict Public Gathering & Limit Business Occupancy

Branson Logo City of Branson - NEWSFLASH

On a double read, both with unanimous votes, the Branson Board of Aldermen passed Bill No. 5806 at tonight’s Board of Aldermen meeting, amending Chapter 58 of the Branson Municipal Code pertaining to public gatherings, designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 within the City of Branson by implementing social distancing and public gathering mandates and recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health agencies.

Effective immediately, upon signing, Bill No. 5806 will prohibit planned or spontaneous events with 10 or more people. This bill will also prohibit businesses from exceeding 25% of their occupant load in enclosed public places. This will have the effect of making sure appropriate social distance guidelines can be met.  Daycares and medical facilities are exempt from the occupant load requirement.

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 Section 1-13 of the Branson Municipal Code. This ordinance will sunset when the emergency proclamation of the Mayor expires, which is currently set to expire May 15, 2020.

The full ordinance, including the staff report, can be found here:
The resolution can be found here:

For any questions regarding this ordinance or occupancy numbers, please call Branson Fire Rescue at 417-243-2780.

Mayor Edd Akers moved tonight’s meeting from March 24, 2020, to March 19, 2020, so the Mayor and Board could discuss steps needed to keep our community safe amidst the COVID-19 outbreak as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Mayor Edd Akers Issued an Emergency Proclamation for the City of Branson to minimize suffering and promote the general life, health, and safety of residents whose lives will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Branson is a fourth class Missouri City that operates under the Council/Administrator form of government. This means the Mayor cannot act unilaterally. Any resolution or ordinance for the prevention of the introduction of contagious diseases in the city has to go before the Board of Aldermen during a public meeting.

The City of Branson will continue to work in coordination with our partner agencies, as well as the state and federal government, to monitor this evolving situation and to ensure our response actions are based on the latest facts. We will communicate updates to the Branson community as the situation changes and as we make additional decisions regarding our local response. For these updates, go to the “Coronavirus Updates” bar on the top of our website at

Additional Info...
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News

Public Works

E College St. Repairs Start Monday Dec. 21

Posted on: December 18, 2020
city of branson logo

Sixth St Lane Closure Thursday & Friday

Posted on: December 2, 2020
city of branson logo

City Auctioning off Surplus Property

Posted on: November 23, 2020
Logo Parks and Rec

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt December 11

Posted on: November 17, 2020
Public Works

E. College Street Closed Starting Tuesday

Posted on: November 16, 2020
Logo Parks and Rec

PeeWee Basketball Registration Now Open

Posted on: October 12, 2020
Hunter Ave Closed September 8

Hunter Ave. Closed September 8

Posted on: September 8, 2020
Julia King official headshot

New Alderman, Julia King, Takes Office

Posted on: August 25, 2020
BransonLogo_City Of

6th Street Lane Closure August 7

Posted on: August 6, 2020
Branson Logo City of Branson - NEWSFLASH

City Auctioning off Surplus Property

Posted on: July 15, 2020
Branson Alderman Jeff Seay

Two New Aldermen Take Office

Posted on: June 9, 2020
Re  Water Service Interruption - May 4th 800 am to Noon

Planned Water Disruption Monday

Posted on: May 1, 2020
Branson Logo City of Branson - NEWSFLASH

Adams Street Closed on Saturday

Posted on: April 30, 2020
Branson Logo City of Branson - NEWSFLASH

City Working on Plan to Safely Reopen

Posted on: April 28, 2020
Branson Logo City of Branson - NEWSFLASH

Essential Business & Gathering F.A.Q.

Posted on: March 24, 2020
W. 76 Cntry Blvd Lane Closrue Feb 27 2020

Lane Closure on W. 76 Country Blvd Friday

Posted on: February 27, 2020
Public Works

Guardrail Repairs Moved to this Week

Posted on: February 24, 2020
Job Fair 2020

Branson Parks & Rec Hiring for Summer Jobs

Posted on: February 14, 2020
Branson Logo City of Branson - NEWSFLASH

Branson Public Safety Sales Tax Update

Posted on: February 7, 2020
Logo Parks and Rec

Register Now for Spring Youth Soccer

Posted on: February 5, 2020