The Lake of the Ozarks has been making national headlines for pictures and a video showing an unidentified business with people crowded into the pool and bar area over the weekend. Missouri’s statewide stay-at-home order expired earlier this month, but an order from the state health director requires 6-foot social distancing until at least the end of May. Local health departments are in charge of enforcing the statewide requirements.

Some Missouri families might be thinking about skipping trips to the public swimming pool this summer since the coronavirus continues to make waves. Chezney Schulte, the communicable disease coordinator for the Cole County Health Department, says if people are practicing social distance and pools are properly maintained, the chances of getting the virus are low.

Schulte also encourages disinfecting frequently used surfaces between use or often, including concession areas, pool chairs, and tables. State guidelines urge families to remain six feet apart from others, whether that be at the pool or elsewhere. Missouri does not have capacity limits for public swimming pools but some cities and counties might have stricter rules to follow.

Some local and state leaders are speaking out about the pictures and video of many Lake of the Ozarks partygoers who defied social distancing measures over the weekend. Alisa Nelson reports.

Camden County Sheriff, Tony Helms says although judgment may be questioned, no laws were broken during the pool parties.