Lake party draws COVID-19 enforcement attention

Down in Cass County, the organizer of a July 4th sandbar party on Diamond Lake could face charges for violating the governor’s order prohibiting large outdoor gatherings. Pictures of the event show many hundreds of people without masks and failing to observe social distancing—with lots of drinking going on. The rules put a cap of 100 people and require social distancing at outdoor social gatherings. Such parties along with bars downstate are being called the epicenter of a surge in new cases in the state. Health officials also point to migrant farmworkers housed in close quarters as another source of outbreaks.