On Wednesday, September 16, people began pouring into Missouri for the annual Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks – the largest motorcycle rally in the Midwest. Last year, the event drew 125,000 people. Despite recent and current surges in COVID-19 cases in Missouri and in the surrounding counties, there are no COVID-19 regulations in place: No mask requirements, no social distancing requirements, nothing.
The event lasts through Sunday, September 20. It is critical that Governor Mike Parson take action NOW to mitigate the impact this event will have on the COVID-19 pandemic in Missouri.
Last month, a similar bike rally was held in Sturgis, SD, with nearly 500,000 bikers. A recent study estimates that more than 260,000 new COVID-19 cases resulted from that rally. North and South Dakota now have the two highest per-capita rates of new infections in the country. Disturbingly, Missouri is close behind them at #5.
Missouri cannot afford the consequences of a major bike rally with no precautions. Contact Governor Parson right away and tell him to take action now – before it’s too late.