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.
— Scott Pasmore (@scottpasmoretv) May 24, 2020
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.
Got these pictures sent from Lake of the Ozarks today. The business has a sign that calls for six feet of social distancing. It does not appear that request is being honored by patrons, or enforced by the business. The person who took the pictures noticed crowd while walking by. pic.twitter.com/7SDJi3eKnW
— Colin Jeffery (@colinjef) May 23, 2020
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
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
Here’s a look at the Lake of the Ozarks Saturday pic.twitter.com/RVEqfMvzXW
— Jesse Inman (@jesseinmanTV) May 24, 2020
Social distancing is nearly nonexistent out here at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Turn on #ABC17News tonight at 10 to hear what a tourist and a spokesperson from the MSHP are saying. #MemorialDayWeekend pic.twitter.com/roZ4G3Ek9o
— ABC 17's Zach Boetto (@ABC17Zach) May 24, 2020
This is what’s happening right now at the Lake of the Ozarks pic.twitter.com/ipdiAkxDM7
— Nick Dyer (@nicholasddyer) May 24, 2020