Branson Officials Mandate Masks

The city of Branson has issued a mask mandate for their citizens and their guests.  The order starts July 31st and ends September 8th.

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 thirteen.
  • 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

Under this ordinance, anyone 13 and up will be required to wear a face covering when in public spaces in the city limits of Branson. Exemptions are made for those with a health condition documented by a medical professional, who are hearing impaired and someone who is communicating with a person who is hearing impaired.

Education will be the first step in enforcement. Branson Police will work to educate any violators of the ordinance before pursuing further action. Just like any other City ordinance, violations of the face covering ordinance can be reported by calling 911. The penalty is a $100 fine for a person who refuses to wear a mask, or a business owner who doesn’t enforce the rule.

New Scam to Watch Out For

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office would like to make citizens aware of yet another scam that has hit the area.

Have you ever had random products delivered to you?

It turns out these products are part of an international scam called BRUSHING. Brushing happens when sellers create fake accounts, purchase their own products, and send them to a real address. Investigators said they do it so they can post a verified review online, and so they get higher overall ratings.

A citizen of Carroll County received a package at her door that had been shipped from the Netherlands by a company based in China. Inside were tiny individual packets that contained a blue in color pill. The detailed description of contents said “baking soda”. Until further testing, it is unknown if the item is truly baking soda.

If you receive unexpected packages, get in touch with the company if possible that sent the package to make sure someone isn’t fraudulently using your account. It’s also a good idea to change passwords often on your accounts.

The community is urged to not open any unexpected packages sent to your address and contact your local Sheriff’s Office or your local Police Department.

Bates County Toys for Tykes

Looking ahead the next few months, the Toys for Tykes organization know this is a difficult time for so many families, and they want all Bates County families to know that they will do everything they can to help this holiday season. Being a small charity, Bates County Toys for Tykes can only do so much. So they will be relying on the communities support to make sure the little ones in Bates County have a happy Christmas this year because every child deserves to smile on Christmas Day. Toys for Tykes believe the demand will be high, and will work hard to make sure it happens. Donations of toys and funds will be greatly appreciated.