Video of Branson Event Seems to Show Lack of Social Distancing, Face Coverings

by: Jacob Blount, Ozarks First

Videos of a large indoor student experience from Branson are going around on social media. The videos show hundreds of people inside the Branson Convention Center, most of those in attendance are not wearing face masks.

The video is a concert by Lecrae and filmed by one of the attendees on Instagram Monday.

The event, Extreme Winter, reopened on Tuesday with a sermon from former football star Tim Tebow.

Grace Daniels, an attendant of the sermon, said she was not afraid to be at Extreme Winter.

“I think the precautions they’re taking are very good, and we try to follow that as best as we can, but we’re not fearful of COVID,” said Daniels. “We have a greater God on our side.”

Extreme Winter’s website states groups will be seated in small pods with six feet of distance from other groups and masks will be mandatory when not seated.

Organizers of the event and city officials were asked for interviews by Ozarks First, but both declined.

The Taney County Health Department said it hadn’t heard about the event.

Though the video shows many not wearing masks, there is no confirmation on if those people in the video met exemption requirements that the ordinance states.

The complete feature can be seen at the Ozarks First Website.


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