ST. LOUIS — If you live or work in the City of St. Louis and were among the crowds of people ignoring social distancing rules at the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, you're being asked to self-quarantine.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson is joining St. Louis County Executive Sam Page — along with leaders in Kansas City and Kansas — in urging people who partied within 6 feet of others to stay at home for two weeks.
“If you were part of a group that didn’t socially distance or wear masks, please, for the health of your family, coworkers and friends, stay home for the next 14 days,” Mayor Krewson said in a tweet Monday night.
Viral photos and videos in social media posts showed people packed in pools and on patios at popular lake-area bars without masks on, all while underneath large banners that encouraged patrons to keep a safe distance from one another.
“I know many people safely enjoyed the Lake this weekend while taking the appropriate safety precautions. But too many did not. And given potential for asymptomatic spread, this behavior creates much more risk for the rest of us. Contact @CityofSTLDOH if you feel you were exposed,” the mayor tweeted.
Mayor Krewson did not issue a formal advisory, which is what St. Louis County Executive Sam Page did Monday evening.
Page asked the county health department to issue a travel advisory. Anyone in the county who partied at the lake – or elsewhere over the holiday weekend – and didn’t keep a safe social distance is being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days or until testing negative.
"What we saw this weekend was an international example of bad judgement," St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said.
The county also is urging employers to ask workers about any recent traveling they’ve done and their social distancing behaviors.
"This is a time when we're starting to ease some of our restrictions and get more movement in our community and try and do it in a thoughtful, measured way. And what we saw this weekend was not thoughtful," Page said.
More Lake of the Ozarks coverage:
- 'Have fun and see you later' | Employer quarantines worker without pay after he parties at Lake of the Ozarks
- 'Poor choices were made at the lake' | Gov. Parson addresses viral Lake of the Ozarks photos
- Task force: Lake of the Ozarks parties can only make transmission rates 'go in one direction or stay flat'
- Camden County sheriff: Nothing illegal about Lake of the Ozarks parties
- Missouri health director's dire warning to partiers: 'COVID-19 is still here'
- Osage Beach mayor says social distancing an issue of personal responsibility after viral photos
- Memorial Day weekend crowds at Lake of the Ozarks appear to not be observing social distancing