A bunch of videos appeared on social media showing hundreds of people packed in swimming pools and summer venues in Lake of the Ozarks, many not wearing facemasks or adhering to social distancing.

Those videos, along with a robust commentary on the various social media platforms, have prompted a response from St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page:

This reckless behavior endangers countless people and risks setting us back substantially from the progress we have made in slowing the spread of COVID-19. I encourage everyone to follow the Department of Public Health advisory to determine a safe path forward in the workplace.

If you, or someone you know, made the road trip down to Missouri over Memorial Day Weekend, the county department of public health has issued a travel advisory and is urging anyone who ignored health recommendations to self-quarantine for 14 days or until they test negative for COVID-19.

Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms issued a statement Monday in response to the large crowds. He said he cannot enforce social distancing guidelines because they are not law.

The sheriff said everyone who visited the lake over the weekend and frequented businesses and attractions each made their own decision, adding that it’s the right of individuals to do so and their own responsibility to follow any health guidelines.

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