Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks packed amid COVID-19 pandemic

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Crowds are packing some bars and restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks despite a state social distancing order.

Video posted on social media shows a crammed pool over the holiday weekend where people lounged close together without masks.

Missouri’s statewide stay-at-home order expired earlier this month, but an order from the state health director requires people to keep at least 6 feet between each other until at least the end of May.

It’s unclear what steps Lake of the Ozarks-area health officials are taking to enforce that order.

The state health department says the virus has sickened more than 11,700 residents. The confirmed death toll is 676.

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