The City of Lake Ozark has laid out the welcome mat for lake-area residents and visitors, but with a special precaution attached.

The City of Lake Ozark has laid out the welcome mat for lake-area residents and visitors, but with a special precaution attached.

Street Department crews erected two banners on The Strip Wednesday morning encouraging everyone to make good health decisions and to follow CDC and Health Department recommendations and order.

The banners say:

Welcome. Your Good Health Is Important. During these challenging times we encourage you to follow CDC and Local Health Department Recommendations.

The websites of three health-related agencies are also included.

“We’re still a fun place to visit and live, and we will be again after the virus is past us,” Mayor Gerry Murawski said. “We just want everyone to stay safe and healthy so they can enjoy our community and our lake when this is all over.”

Since the COVID-19 virus first became an issue in Lake Ozark, city officials have urged bars, restaurants and other businesses to adhere to recommendations and later health orders from the Miller County Health Center, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Center for Disease Control.

Except for businesses that offer essential services that remain open, other businesses have temporarily closed to the public. Special curbside offers are available at several of the local restaurants while still adhering to the social distancing and 10-person-or-fewer orders from the Miller County Health Center and Governor’s office.

City Hall is temporarily closed to the public, but essential city business will continue. Utility bills and court fines can be paid at the drop box outside city hall at 3162 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Anyone with questions can still call 573-365-5378. Appointments can be made if needed to conduct essential business.