And Just Like That . . . Everyone was Vaccinated!!
Branson, Mo. rescinded its “Mask Mandate” effective April 16. While masks were not required, businesses were free to require them if they chose to do so. On May 13, the day we arrived in Branson, the CDC revised its mask guidance. No longer were they needed outdoors and no longer were they needed indoors for fully vaccinated people.
Most thought the change was a blessing.
A few thought it was a curse.
On May 14 -day two of our trip -when we visited Silver Dollar City, I hoped Silver Dollar City would update its guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing to match the CDC guidance issued the day before.
The first clue that they had not was when we approached the turnstile to enter the park. A security guy advised us “You cannot enter the Park unless you are wearing a mask.”
We complied, but when we entered the Park, hardly anyone was wearing a mask.
So neither did we.
Social distancing was another matter. As soon as the park opened, my wife and I and our neighbors headed to the Opera House as fast four septuagenarians not riding souped-up mobility scooters can make it. The Opera House is about as far away from the front gate as you can get but I still thought we were close enough to the front of the line to get into the theater.
I was wrong.
After a 30-minute wait, the line began to move. With about 25 people left in front of it, it stopped. After a couple of minutes, a half-dozen more people were allowed inside the theater.
To much grumbling, the usher then advised “Folks, if you want to see the NEXT show after this one that starts in one hour and fifteen minutes, I advise you to stay right where you are!”
Not wanting to spend the entire morning in line to see one show, we did not heed the usher’s advice.
We left the line and while our bride’s waited patiently, my neighbor Tom and I rode the Barn Swing and the Outlaw Run Roller Coaster. Both are thrilling rides. We brought the average rider age up considerably on both.
After zero bluegrass and eating zero BBQ on Day 2, we returned to Silver Dollar City on Day 6 of our vacation.
Presto change-o! In compliance with CDC guidelines, we didn’t have to wear a mask to enter the park and social distancing was no longer enforced. Theaters were filled. We spent the day seeing all the shows we wanted to see. Some we saw twice.
That night we went to see the Haygoods who were performing at the Clay Cooper Theater. Five brothers and one sister comprise the Haygoods. My wife and I first saw them perform at Silver Dollar City in the 90’s when they were just kids. They are all grown up now. They were great at Silver Dollar City. They are better now. The show we attended was sold out.
No masks (unless you wore one voluntarily) and no social distancing.
We partied like it was 2019!
Even though social distancing is no longer mandatory, I still have my own personal standard for how close is too close to another person.
I call it the “Biden Guideline”.
If you are close enough to sniff my hair you are too close.