Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Covid-19 and the Lake of the Ozarks April 30th Update

I know I try to make information available on this website, but in the case of the corona virus outbreak, I don't feel I need to add to the plethora of information out there. We all need to be getting our information from just a few reliable sources rather than the likes of a blogger who just watches the lake go up and down.

With that said, I can offer some anecdotal observations that may help those considering what to do about coming to the Lake this spring.

The virus is here, and in the community. Camden county is the epicenter of the virus in the lake area but Morgan and Miller county are starting to report cases as well.

From John Hopkins University
The above graph is from John Hopkins University which seems to have emerged as the most robust source of data for the spread of the virus.

Many local residents are doing what everyone else in the country is doing, staying at home. When we go out we (well, most of us) are using protective gear and only getting what is needed. But many people are not, and coming from every corner of the country to play as usual. Be aware though, if you come to the lake anytime soon, things are a bit different, and look to get worse.

Store shelves are definitely not normal gut better than they were a few weeks ago. So if you come, prepare to bring most of what you will need with you. Restaurants are providing curbside service, but that's all. While the stores are stocked, you may not get everything you want. Yes, we have toilet paper, but stores are limiting sales.

You may have heard of the 10 person per dock rule dictated by the County Health Commissioner. I'm not sure how that will work when a single boat can easily carry 10+ people, but honestly, the water accessible restaurants in the area are currently not open (not abnormal for this time of year). Gas will be an interesting challenge.

The Spring Harbor Hop has been cancelled.

So far the Lake is not "closed" and there are no plans to do so despite the evidence it should be done, but for now we're all hunkered down with the rest of the country.

Pro-Vacation tip: If you are renting a home from VRBO/AirBnB/Etc. Ask your hosts what steps they have taken to sanitize the home. All rentals are cleaned of course, but we have taken extra steps to insure the safety of our cleaning crew and guests in these bizarre times. Another question might be how long it's been since the last guests checked out. The virus can live for days on may surfaces, so if you know no one has been in the home for a week or two, you're probably not going to have anything to worry about.

Strange days indeed, and like many places across the country, the business landscape at the lake is about to change dramatically. Let's hope we get out of this mess soon.

Stay safe everyone.