In spite of the pandemic, the Memorial Day weekend proved that there wasn’t going to be anything stopping Americans from having a fun time kicking off the start of summer – even though they really should be practicing social distancing. And pictures and videos from Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri showed just how many people were willing to brave a highly infectious and potentially deadly virus just for a bit of fun.
No covid concerns at the lake of the ozarks😳 #loto pic.twitter.com/Yrb4UNM64u
— Scott Pasmore (@scottpasmoretv) May 24, 2020
There was plenty of media to document the droves of party people who were insistent on stuffing themselves in amongst other people on the lakeside – drinking, dancing, and doing everything but maintain socially distant practices.
Based on reports by The Kansas City Star, the docks were actually shaking due to the number of boats in the water. As they wrote, the reservoir’s waters were “filled with vacationers as locals and out-of-staters.” As it turns out, the local restaurants and attractions have only recently begun opening back up, yet over the past few months, the lake had still been seeing a lot of traffic.
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
In fact, one of the locals, Jacob Buehler, had pointed out that there had been many people visiting the lake throughout the pandemic, despite the lockdown restrictions. He surmised that even though the restaurants were closed, people were still drawn to the lake for recreation since all the schools and sports clubs were closed as well and that left a lot of people bored.
But because of the attractions beginning to reopen, any amount of social distancing practices left seem to be quickly going out the window – as demonstrated by the numerous pictures and videos.
Here’s a look at the Lake of the Ozarks Saturday pic.twitter.com/RVEqfMvzXW
— Jesse Inman (@jesseinmanTV) May 24, 2020
According to the Kansas City Star, one woman visiting from Illinois, Robin Sebers, said, “It’s been terrific because most things down here are pretty open. It’s as close to normal as you can possibly get. Illinois is still pretty much locked down.”
But, now that pools and beaches are being reopened again, there is actually a surge of people contracting the virus while attending gatherings in these locations. As CNN reported, Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, revealed to the press that there were several people in attendance of a recent high school pool party that ended up contracting the coronavirus.
Hutchinson said, “A high school swim party that I’m sure everybody thought was harmless. They’re young, they’re swimming, they’re just having activity and positive cases resulted from that.”
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As summer begins, dive into these tips for enjoying the pool and preventing the spread of the virus that causes #COVID19: In or out of the water, stay 6 feet away from people who do not live with you, stay home if you are not feeling well, use cloth face coverings when not in the water, children under 2 years of age or anyone who has trouble breathing should not use face coverings, and limit sharing of pool toys and equipment. #summertime #poolsafety #CDC #PublicHealth
The governor tried to remind people to continue to “be disciplined” in their daily activities. Furthermore, he cautioned about the temptations of the Memorial Day weekend, saying that it is a time for us to be mindful and remember what we need to do to keep others safe – practice social distancing.
Even though a lot of the US is beginning to open back up, there are still plenty of states that are experiencing spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases. That is why the CDC cautions that people continue to practice social distancing, even if heading to the pool or the beach.SKM: below-content placeholder