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Videos of packed Memorial Day party at Lake of the Ozarks has people cringing

Social distancing who?


Eilish O'Sullivan


Published May 24, 2020   Updated May 24, 2020, 11:01 am CDT

Videos and photos were bound to circulate of Memorial Day festivities that outright disregarded social distancing recommendations or guidelines. Nevertheless, it’s still pretty cringey to see.

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Videos of a party at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri are making the rounds online. The videos show an overcrowded poolside venue, where people are dancing and singing to music, mingling, drinking, and swimming—all totally normal occurrences given it’s the unofficial start to the summer. Only, 2020 is not like any other year—the U.S. is in the midst of a pandemic.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson partially reopened the state on May 5, with strict social distancing guidelines—among other safety guidelines—in place. The state is asking people to keep 6-feet apart. Ironically enough, a sign hangs above party-goers to serve as a glaring reminder for that guideline, reading, “PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING 6 FT APART.” The partygoers also appear to be disregarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that people wear face masks in public.

When questioned about the event, a spokesperson for the Camden County Sheriff’s Department told KSDK that “it doesn’t seem people are following (the social distancing guidelines) very well here.” The gathering took place at the Redhead Lakeside Grill and Yacht Club in Osage Beach at Lake of the Ozarks.

Over 676 people have died of the COVID-19 and 11,750 have been confirmed to have the disease in Missouri, according to KSDK. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus is nearing 100,000.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Redhead Lakeside Grill and Yacht Club.


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*First Published: May 24, 2020, 11:00 am CDT