Photos Show Packed Memorial Day Gatherings at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks


Missouri is one of the states that gradually continues to reopen, but this Memorial Day Weekend was alarming as the state saw many crowds.

As states begin to open their businesses back up, doctors continue to urge Americans to practice social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

TMZ unveiled several photos that showed many people not practicing social distancing at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. In one of the pictures, a sign reads “Please practice social distancing: 6 feet apart.”

The signs did not stop a Memorial Day party from happening at Lake of the Ozarks. Pictures revealed that the lake was filled with boats and people, which looked like a typical Memorial Day weekend.

People shared the alarming videos and pictures to their social media accounts. The traditional start to the summer season often brings many people down to the Lake of the Ozarks.

One user captioned a video that read, “The video is on Snapchat in the Lake of the Ozarks? Unreal. What are we doing?”

Meanwhile, others across the country are eager to get the country opened back up to its normal social stamina - urging governors to allow for Memorial Day Weekend celebrations, open hair salons, and nights out at local bars.

A Facebook video posted by a freelance photographer’s Facebook account shows crowds of people in the pool at Backwater Jacks, an Osage Beach bar. The user shared that the bar was doing temperature checks as people walked in. You can see many people at the in-pool bars and on patio chairs along the deck in the video.

An NBC News affiliate in Missouri reached out to the Camden County Sheriff's Department. The department said the state does have social distancing guidelines, but "it doesn't seem people are following it very well here."

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