Gov. Parson: 'Poor choices' were made at Lake of the Ozarks parties

Boats on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
Photo credit (KMOX file photo)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Speaking publicly for the first time since video and photos of crowded pool parties in Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks went viral over Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Mike Parson called the actions of those who didn't practice safe social distancing "poor choices." 

"Social distancing was not followed, as we all know," Parson says. "And I think it's important when social distancing is not followed, as it is potentially as dangerous for everyone. Especially our most at-risk individuals."

Parson mentioned the dangers of how the deadly coronavirus can be spread from person to person and brought back into communities by people who didn't practice safe social distancing. 

"The Lake of the Ozarks is a small sample of Missouri," Parson says. "While poor choices were made by some at the lake, there were many other Missourians who did make safe and responsible choices over the holiday weekend."

This is what the party looked like.

Memorial Day Pool Party in the Ozarks! https://t.co/TcuOqim8Df via @YouTube #COVIDIDIOTS 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.

— Rex Archer, M.D., M.P.H. (@RexArcherMD) May 26, 2020

No covid concerns at the lake of the ozarks-- #loto pic.twitter.com/Yrb4UNM64u

— Scott Pasmore (@scottpasmoretv) May 24, 2020  Health leaders in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas want a two-week quarantine for those who were traveling with – or live with – someone who's more likely to get infected.  As businesses start to reopen, the health department's also recommending businesses screen their employees and ask questions about Memorial Day weekend travel.

Parson said did he witness some safe social distancing at his granddaughter's high school graduation at Sparta High School. 

You can listen to more from Parson, here.

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