Ozarks Memorial Day weekend crowds draw national attention, ire

Partygoers at the Lake of the Ozarks drew national attention for crowding bars and pools during Memorial Day weekend.

Photos and video showing people partying without masks and disobeying social distancing guidance went viral. Responses and comments on one of the most-shared videos were mixed.

Restaurants, bars and hotels at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as other tourist destinations, experienced big crowds, the Associated Press reports.

Missouri lifted its stay-at-home order in early May, allowing businesses to reopen with social distancing, but enforcement was left up to local officials.

The sheriff of Camden County said that there is no crime related to social distancing, so he cannot enforce it.

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