Photo courtesy of Kristi Fulnecky

A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Branson, the Mayor of Branson, and three Branson Aldermen petitioning for an injunction against the city mask ordinance.

The lawsuit says the mask ordinance is a violation of privacy and damaging to local businesses.

The suit claim says if the mask ordinance stays in effect, businesses will close, homes will be lost, and people will go hungry.

“The mask ordinance not only infringes on the right to privacy of all individuals who live in and visit Branson,” states Fulnecky, “but is detrimental to businesses in the area. In May, local officials estimated tourism dollars to decrease by half just from the pandemic. The mask ordinance is increasing that downward trend. Tourism is vital to this area and the mask ordinance is directly affecting the bottom line of my clients’ businesses and hindering their livelihood. The Lake of the Ozarks – which doesn’t have a mask ordinance – has seen tourism double as hundreds flock to the area for mask-free vacations. We would like to see families return to Branson and restore it as a thriving vacation hotspot. The death rate from Covid in Taney County is 0.0054%. You are literally more likely to be struck by lightning than dying from Covid-19. If the mask ordinance stays in effect, businesses will close, homes will be lost and families will go hungry.”