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US Missouri officials slam 'irresponsible and dangerous' behavior seen in images of Memorial Day crowds

02:37  26 may  2020
02:37  26 may  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Missouri officials on Monday slammed the “ irresponsible and dangerous ” behavior of people who crowded pools and patios at the Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend.

In California, big crowds were seen enjoying beaches over the weekend. State officials said most people were covering their faces and keeping their distance on beaches and parks. Memorial Day - an annual holiday held on the last Monday of May - honours all those who have died serving in the US

Missouri officials on Monday slammed the "irresponsible and dangerous" behavior of people who crowded pools and patios at the Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend.

Missouri officials slam 'irresponsible and dangerous' behavior seen in images of Memorial Day crowds © Twitter Missouri officials slam 'irresponsible and dangerous' behavior seen in images of Memorial Day crowds

Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams released a statement Monday warning people that the coronavirus pandemic is not over.

"This Memorial Day, we caution that COVID-19 is still here, and social distancing needs to continue to prevent further spread of infections," he said.

"Close contact with others even if you are in the outdoors is still considered close contact and can lead to more infections as we still have new cases of COVID-19 being detected each day in Missouri."

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In Missouri , hundreds attended a pool party just days after a similar party in neighboring Arkansas But as health officials warn the deadly virus isn't yet contained, local leaders across the country are And then after this Memorial Day weekend is over they're going to be on somebody's job or in close

Vacationers packed Missouri 's Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend, ignoring guidance to maintain 6 feet of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Scott Pasmore, an anchor at CBS Arizona affiliate KTVK-TV, posted footage of festivities showing people flooding a pool without mask.

The comments come after videos and photos showed scores of people at the Lake of the Ozarks during the holiday weekend. Footage of a resort in the area, which went viral after being shared by an anchor for CNN affiliate KTVK in Arizona, showed dozens in the pool without masks.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson condemned the people in crowds, especially at the Lake of the Ozarks, calling their actions "irresponsible and dangerous." The city of St. Louis does not have jurisdiction over the area, but its constituents frequently visit the lake.

"Now, these folks will be coming home to St. Louis and counties all over Missouri and the Midwest, raising concerns about the potential of more positive cases, hospitalizations, and tragically, deaths," Krewson said, in a statement obtained by The Hill. "It's just deeply disturbing."

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Crowds gather at a waterfront venue near Missouri 's Lake of the Ozarks on Memorial Day Images of the revelry rippled across social media, showing people eating, drinking and swimming in Amid varied and sometimes conflicting orders from state and local officials , people across the country have

Big crowds turned out for the Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. amid warnings from authorities about people disregarding the coronavirus The Trump administration said Sunday that it would ban foreign nationals who have been in Brazil 14 days or less before planning to enter the United States.

The Lake of Ozarks vacation destination brings people from as far as Arkansas and Iowa. This includes many from St. Louis city and county, which has counted more than half of Missouri's cases and more than two-thirds of its deaths, according to The Associated Press.

Gov. Mike Parson (R) allowed businesses to reopen on May 4 as long as social distancing rules are maintained through the end of the month.

Missouri has confirmed at least 12,167 cases of coronavirus, leading to at least 685 deaths, according to the state's health department.

Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that people who are outside and cannot maintain social distancing "must wear a mask."

'Terrifying': Lake of Ozarks worker must return to job, but fears virus in crowds .
When Tinara Lynch got a call from her employer, Land Shark Bar and Grill restaurant at Lake of the Ozarks, she felt stuck between a rock and a hard place. Lynch, who is 21, could choose not to go back to work when the restaurant reopened, in which case she would be kicked off the unemployment benefits she'd been living off of since she and her co-workers were laid off in March. 

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