Ozark lake weekend partygoers asked to self-quarantine

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2020

The DPH thus advises all those who travelled and failed to adhere to physical distancing guidelines to quarantine for 14-days or until they can receive a negative test result for COVID-19.

"Anyone who didn't practice CDC, DHSS, and KCMO Health Department social distancing guidance should self quarantine for 14 days if they have any compassion for others", Archer wrote alongside a video of partying at Lake of the Ozarks.

A list of states on the mandated travel advisory is available here.

"This reckless behavior endangers countless people and risks setting us back substantially from the progress we have made in slowing the spread of COVID-19", county executive Dr. Sam Page said in a statement.

It also says that employers are already being asked to screen workers for health risks and that they should also ask workers about their recent travel.

During Memorial Day weekend, large crowds were reported around the lake without protective practices being followed.

"This Memorial Day, we caution that COVID-19 is still here, and social distancing needs to continue to prevent further spread of infections", Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams said in a statement.

While St. Louis County rebuked the behavior of any travelers from the area who did not follow social distancing guidelines, officials can not force people to self-quarantine upon their return.

"I don't think the mask does almost as much as the social distancing does".

Tony R. Helms, sheriff for Camden County, which includes part of Lake of the Ozarks, said in a statement on Monday that police do not have the authority to enforce social distancing because it doesn't qualify as a crime. "I encourage everyone to follow the Department of Public Health advisory to determine a safe path forward in the workplace".

"We expect residents and visitors alike to exhibit personal responsibility when at the lake". It's an especially popular spot for travelers from St. Louis city and county, which combined account for more than half of Missouri's 12,167 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, and more than two-thirds of the state's 685 deaths.

Many people who contract the virus don't show any symptoms, but they can still pass it on to other people, including older people and those with compromised immune systems who are more likely to experience complications from COVID-19.

The US holiday weekend, marking the start of the summer season, saw mixed responses to the partial easing of many lockdowns, with beaches often busy and some people wearing masks.

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