Camden County tightens COVID-19 rules

Camden County officials are tightening restrictions for residents and businesses as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread. As of Tuesday, March 31, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county had jumped to 14, up from the previous count of 11.

The Camden County Health Department and Camden County Commissioners issued a joint order Tuesday, March 31, imposing new restrictions “to continue to protect the citizens of Camden County as there is evidence of continued community spread of COVID-19.”

Food and beverage facilities in Camden County found to be in non-compliance with the orders may be subject to suspension of their operating permit due to creating an imminent health hazard. 

The Miller County Health Department, which regulates such issues in the City of Lake Ozark, has not issued any directives this specific, but do encourage limitations of 10 or fewer on gatherings and the social distancing recommendations. Note that there are a few businesses in the City of Lake Ozark that are within the boundaries of Camden County.

The new rules are as follows:

•All public and private gatherings, planned or spontaneous; recreational facilities, conferences, events and banquet facilities, wedding venues, gyms, social clubs, funerals, churches or any other place of public or private gathering shall limit participants to 10 people to include employees and clergy in the count of 10 people.

•There will be no dining or drinking allowed inside food or beverage establishments or their patios, lawns or boat docks. Use of curbside service, pick-up or drive-through service is allowed; however, waterfront establishments are to limit numbers of people using their docks when ordering to 10 or fewer. Boats are to leave the dock area as soon as a food or beverage order is received.

•Due to being unable to maintain the six-food social distancing order between the provider and the customer, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapists, estheticians, spas and other personal service providers will cease to provide those services.

•Schools shall remain closed, but allowed to continue to provide nutrition services to the families they serve. This order does not prohibit schools from providing child care and food and nutrition services for those children who qualify. Teachers and staff may enter the buildings as long as they follow the directives of this order.

•These directives to not apply to essential governmental proceedings, day care facilities and food stores; however, social distancing practices and thorough cleaning and disinfecting practices are to be maintained at all times.

In a March 21 order, the Camden County Health Department said:

•In accordance with state and federal orders, people shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance.

•The order does not prohibit people from visiting grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks as long as the proper precautions are taken.

•For offices and workplaces that remain open, individuals shall practice good hygiene and where feasible work from home to achieve the optimum isolation from COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, go to:

•Miller County Health Department, 573-369-2359; or

•Camden County Health Department, 573-346-5479; or

•Missouri Department of Health and Human Services,

•Center for Disease Control,