Backwater Jacks owner speaks out after busy weekend

3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:45:58 PM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
By: Claire Colby, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

LAKE OF THE OZARKS —After videos of a crowded Lake of the Ozarks bar went viral over Memorial Day weekend, the bar’s owner spoke out. 

“No laws were broken,” Gary D. Prewitt, owner of Backwater Jacks, said in a statement. “ Social distancing is not a crime.” 

The bar put safety measures in place, Prewitt said. 

Non-contact thermal checks were conducted at both entrances of the pool, according to Prewitt. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 was refused entry. 

Personal bottles of hand sanitizer were also available, he said. 

The name of the event — “Zero Ducks Given”— was not in response to the pandemic, he said. 

The name “had absolutely nothing to do with the pandemic situation,” Prewitt said. This is the third year that the event had that name, he said. 

The seasonal business has already struggled, he said. 

“Nearly a third of our season has already been lost,” he said. “The initial shutdown has already had a tremendous impact on many of our staff and their families.”

All staff were given the option to work or not, he said. 

“We stand by our decision to move forward with Memorial Day Weekend plans,” he said. “We love our customers and will continue to do our best to provide delicious food, drink and entertainment.”

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