Videos and photos of the Lake of the Ozarks Memorial Day 2020 party in Missouri are circulating online. Partiers are being criticized and mocked for being packed in close to each other despite coronavirus and COVID-19 infections.
11,922 people in Missouri have been infected by COVID-19 and 685 have died.
Partiers at Lake of the Ozarks are clearly not practicing social distancing and are not six feet apart. Instead photos show people acting normally, dressed in bathing suits and bikinis, swimming in pools with each other and close to each other.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson enabled the partying, issuing an order in the week before that allowed gym and hotel swimming pools to open. The venues were supposed to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines, but videos from Lake of the Ozarks call that policy into dispute.
It is highly likely that many of the people who spent Memorial Day 2020 at Lake of the Ozarks will be infected with the coronavirus.
Zach Boetto, a reporter with ABC 17 News in Missouri reported from Lake of the Ozarks and said, “Social distancing is nearly nonexistent out here at the Lake of the Ozarks today.”
Photos of some of the partying show that one of the crowded locations is Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill, located at 15208 Red Hollow Rd, Gravois Mills, MO. The Coconuts page on Facebook touted the party beginning at 11 am every day, noting, “The biggest pool party on the lake is at coconuts! Live DJs all weekend long! Docks and Gates open at 11am.”
KSDK reported that crowds were also at “Redhead Lakeside Grill and Yacht Club in Osage Beach at Lake of the Ozarks.” They were not practicing social distancing.
Aisha Sultan, columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote, “Glad not to be at the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend. The lake will be there in the future. If you get Covid19, you might not be.”
TMZ reported on the party and noted, “The lake was filled with boats, and sun worshipers and … well, looked just like any other Memorial Day.”
The St. Louis County Public Health Department called for people who attended Lake of the Ozarks parties to self-quarantine. “This reckless behavior endangers countless people and risks setting us back substantially from the progress we have made in slowing the spread of COVID.”
The report continued, “Any person who has travelled and engaged in this behavior should self-quarantine for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result for COVID-19.”
Lake of the Ozarks Memorial Day 2020 Videos
Scott Pasmore, a reporter at KTVK-3TV in Missouri, captured video of the party and posted it to Twitter.
— Scott Pasmore (@scottpasmoretv) May 24, 2020
Max Baker of the Columbia Missourian also posted video of people partying at Lake of the Ozarks that he got from Snapchat.
This video is on Snapchat in the Lake of the Ozarks? Unreal. What are we doing? pic.twitter.com/m0qsEQ4KLp
— Max Baker (@maxbaker_15) May 24, 2020