Owner of Lake of the Ozarks pool bar releases statement after videos of crowded party spread on social media
The owner of one of the crowded Lake of the Ozarks pool bars seen in videos and pictures online over Memorial Day Weekend addressed the situation Tuesday evening.
In a post on Backwater Jacks' Facebook Page, Gary Prewitt, the owner of the business said the bar didn't break any laws.
"No laws were broken. Social distancing is not a crime. As stated by the Camden County Sheriff: "Camden County is a tourism-driven ecomony and each business is working hard to follow the state's guidelines and protect their patrons and staff. Those who frequented the businesses, bars, and restaurants at the lake this weekend made a conscious decision to attend each event and frequent each location. It was the right and responsibility of each individual who made those decisions to access the risks inherent to those decisions."
The statement issued four other bullet points.
Prewitt said he and Backwater Jacks management understand there are many emotions and feelings on every side of the pandemic situation, and his management team stands by the decision to hold their Memorial Day Weekend plans.
"We love our customers, and will continue to do our best to provide delicious food, drink, and entertainment at Backwater Jack's."