Update Sunday 8/16 10 a.m.: CoxHealth sent OI the following statement:
We are pleased that the masking ordinance will remain in effect for the city of Branson. We believe it will make a difference in the health and ongoing well-being of our community, and help contain the spread of the disease, ultimately potentially saving lives.
The temporary restraining order on Branson’s mask ordinance has been rejected by a Taney County judge.
The order was requested by attorney and former Springfield City Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky.
“I’m excited we were able to have a hearing as quickly as we did in Branson,” Fulnecky wrote on Facebook. “While the judge did not issue the restraining order, we are happy the case will proceed to trial. We are pleased that the judge did not find in favor of the Defendant’s gag order request and that this matter can continued to be communicated to the public.”
The case will now proceed on the rest of the case. The lawsuit claims the right to privacy is being violated by the ordinance. The ordinance is in effect until Tuesday, September 8.
Branson’s city attorney made a motion to try and stop pre-trial publicity but that measure was rejected by the judge.
Fulnecky is also suing Springfield over their ordinance, and Springfield Public Schools for not having five day a week classes.