We will continue to take additional precautions throughout the summer to reduce the risk. However, we believe each of our customers should have the freedom to choose whether they want to visit Backwater Jacks or not.

In full transparency to our customers, we were informed by the Boone County Health Department that a person who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 was at our venue on Saturday, May 23 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Unfortunately, we were not provided with any additional details so we could verify this and have no additional information to pass on to any of our customers. With the influx of 700,000-plus visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks area on a holiday weekend, it was inevitable that we would experience carriers of the virus, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. This will continue throughout our season. Unfortunately, the virus will be part of our lives for the unseen future. 

Just as when you choose to go to a grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store, salon, or anywhere else in public, there is no guarantee that you will not come in contact with an infected individual. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. We encourage those who are easily compromised, showing symptoms, have knowingly been in contact with a confirmed case, or highly at risk, to please stay home.

We will continue to take additional precautions throughout the summer to reduce the risk. However, we believe each of our customers should have the freedom to choose whether they want to visit Backwater Jacks or not. Thank you for all your support. 

Gary D. Prewitt

Owner, Backwater Jacks