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Missouri motorcycle rally draws thousands weeks after Sturgis outbreak

Missouri motorcycle rally draws thousands weeks after Sturgis outbreak
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Thousands of people attended a motorcycle rally at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri last week despite growing concerns regarding super-spreader events during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Bikefest 2020 drew thousands of people to the area from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20, with dozens of live music events, "biker-friendly" bars and attractions. 

"If I was worried about getting sick I would have stayed home, but I wanted to have some fun," one attendee said, according to MSNBC.

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A similar motorcycle event in Sturgis, S.D., was linked to more than 200 cases of the coronavirus after that event drew nearly a half-million people from around the country. 

Video and photos taken at the Lake of the Ozarks event showed few people wearing masks or practicing social distancing, two factors health officials say can help slow the spread of the virus. 

 
Earlier this summer, public health officials warned of a potential super-spreader event at Lake of the Ozarks after people were seen attending large gatherings during Memorial Day weekend. 

Missouri lifted its statewide stay at home order in June.