First, the minimum distance that smokers would have to be away from doorways, windows and other ventilation areas is being lowered from twenty feet to ten feet, while smoking is also being allowed on golf courses within the city. Additionally, smoking would be allowed at outdoor venues where people eat and drink, but only in situations where they aren’t being served by employees of the business or operation.
Finally, it was decided that electronic cigarettes would be included in the ban as well.
The board will hold a pair of public hearings on the revised proposal on Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 before being expected to consider the proposal at its Oct. 14 meeting.
Branson is home to just under 11,000 residents and is located in the southwestern corner of the state, just over 200 miles southeast of Kansas City.