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

"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."

Sam Masterson
May 26, 2020 - 5:29 pm
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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."

Related: St. Louis County issues travel advisory in wake of Lake Of Ozarks holiday partying

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.


 
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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