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Massive Crowds Pack Missouri’s Lake Of The Ozarks, Ignoring Social Distancing Rules


Massive Crowds Pack Missouri’s Lake Of The Ozarks, Ignoring Social Distancing Rules

Thousands of vacationers flocked to the Lake of the Ozarks over the holiday weekend, ignoring social distancing guidelines as they packed into yacht clubs, outdoor bars and resort pools in the Missouri tourist hot spot.

Several videos and photos shared on Twitter and Facebook showed that other restaurants and pool resorts located in Lake of the Ozarks were also seeing massive crowds.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Stephen Hahn warned on Sunday that as people venture out during the holiday weekend, they must remember that the novel coronavirus is “not yet contained.”

One video posted on Twitter on Saturday by CNN affiliate KTVK in Arizona showed dozens of people packed into a pool resort at the vacation hotspot.

KSDK, an NBC affiliate in St. Louis, also shared photos showing dozens of vacationers crammed into an outdoor patio of a restaurant in the area.

One photo showed a sign on a balcony urging individuals to practice social distancing: “PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING 6 FT APART,” the sign read. No one appeared to be following the request.

Backwater Jacks Bar & Grill advertised a “Zero Ducks Given Pool Party” on Facebook on Saturday, with about 400 people saying they attended on the platform.

An event organizer said on the restaurant’s page that they had “worked with and taken the advice of government officials and management teams and will be following social distancing guidelines.” Video shared on social media showed that people weren’t observing distancing protocols while on the premises.

Jodi Akins, who visited the establishment, told CNN that staff was administering temperature checks and giving out hand sanitizer


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