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Johnson County to follow Kansas order requiring masks

Post Date:06/12/2020 9:00 AM

Thursday, July 2: On July 2, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to require most residents wear a mask in public places. The mandate follows Executive Order No. 20-52, which was signed by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly the same day. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 3.

Under the order, most Kansans must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants and businesses, and in any situation in which social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, including outside.

Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus for the latest information on what you can do to "stop the spread" in Johnson County. Find the latest information about the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's COVID-19 Response, as well as the recent executive order, at Coronavirus.kdheks.gov.


Tuesday, June 30: On June 29, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced that she will sign an Executive Order requiring that most Kansans must wear a mask in public places, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 3.

“This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy,” Governor Kelly said. “Wearing a mask is not only safe – but it is necessary to avoid another shut down."

Under the order, most Kansans must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants, and in any situation in which social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, including outside. The Executive Order will be released on Thursday, and will provide specific guidance regarding under what circumstances masks must be worn.

Learn more about what you can do to help stop the spread in Johnson County.

Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus for the latest information from Johnson County. Find the latest information about the State of Kansas' Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas at covid.ks.gov.


Friday, June 12: On June 11, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted that Johnson County will now follow the voluntary recommendations and guidance in the state’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. This includes the following precautionary measures: washing your hands, staying at home if you are sick, physical distancing from others, and wearing a mask when out in public.


Learn more about what you can do to help stop the spread in Johnson County.

Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus for the latest information from Johnson County.


Wednesday, May 27: Johnson County announced Wednesday morning that the county will not impose additional limits or restrictions due to COVID-19, based on current conditions. Johnson County Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment director Dr. Sanmi Areola both strongly recommend that Johnson County residents and businesses continue to adhere to the phases and guidance in the state’s Ad Astra plan.

“It is crucial that we all continue to practice physical distancing, wear barrier masks where we cannot maintain social distancing, practice good hygiene and make decisions that protect the health of the community," said Johnson County Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster. "If businesses and residents follow the recommendations, we have hope that the good progress we have made until now will continue.”

Read more about Wednesday's announcement from the county.

Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus for the latest information from Johnson County.


Tuesday, May 19: Governor Laura Kelly and the State of Kansas announced that the state will enter Phase 2 of the Governor's "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas" on Friday, May 22. As part of Phase 2, mass gatherings of 15 or fewer individuals are allowed. A list of what businesses are allowed to operate and under what restrictions is available at Covid.KS.gov. The state has also published an FAQ document regarding Phase 2 of the reopening plan.

Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus for the latest information from Johnson County.


Monday, May 11: The Johnson County Government has outlined a phased re-opening plan that to promote economic recovery, health, and safety. The plan is based on Governor Laura Kelly's "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas."

During Phase 1 of the plan:

  • Mass gatherings of no more than 10 individuals allowed.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged in public settings.
  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
  • Telework is strongly encouraged when possible.
  • Any employee exhibiting symptoms should be required to stay home.
  • Minimize or avoid non-essential travel.
  • Follow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment travel and quarantine guidelines for travel to high risk areas.

Johnson County has published a guide that outlines which types of businesses are allowed to open during each phase and under what circumstances.

Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus for the latest information from Johnson County.


Thursday, April 30: The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners announced that the county stay-at-home order has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. All residents are directed to stay at home unless performing an essential activity. Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus for the latest information from Johnson County.


Wednesday, April 15: Governor Laura Kelly and the State of Kansas announced that the statewide stay-at-home order has been extended until at least Sunday, May 3. All residents are directed to stay at home unless performing an essential activity. Visit Coronavirus.kdheks.gov for the latest Coronavirus information from the State of Kansas.


Saturday, March 21: The CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, based on the urgency of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the imminent rapid progression of the pandemic in our area, announced that beginning Tuesday, March 24, residents are directed to stay at home except for essential needs. All jurisdictions will issue orders that will stay in effect for 30 days from the effective date of March 24, with consideration after 30 days of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care metrics available at that time.

Examples of essential businesses and services that will remain open during this time period include critical government services, infrastructure projects, childcare, healthcare, grocery stores, pharmacies, and delivery/carry-out/drive-through services from restaurants. Additional details are forthcoming.

For more information please contact:

  • Marshanna Smith, Jackson County, Missouri Public Information Officer, 816 878-1930, msmith@jacksongov.org
  • Jody Hanson, Johnson County Director of Public Affairs and Communication, 913-715-0730, jody.hanson@jocogov.org
  • Chris Hernandez, Kansas City, Missouri Communications Director, 816-787-1507, Chris.Hernandez@kcmo.org
  • Dave Reno, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Interim Public Information Officer, 913-573-5307, dreno@wycokck.org

Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus, the CDC and KDHE websites for the latest information about COVID-19. Olathe specific information will continue to be posted at OlatheKS.org/Coronavirus.


Friday, March 13: The City of Olathe is taking steps to support Johnson County Government’s state of local disaster emergency declaration regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is the county’s public health expert and authority, and the City of Olathe will fully support their efforts to keep the community safe.

Per the declaration, the City will be closing facilities and suspending activities and programs.

Effective Monday, Mar. 16:

City Council and Planning Commission meetings are currently planned to proceed as scheduled; however, this is subject to change as the City continues to monitor the situation. Council meetings are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99, and on the OlatheKS.org), and we encourage residents to watch from home, if possible, during this time.

The City anticipates closures and suspensions to continue until further notice. Additional closures and suspensions will be updated at OlatheKS.org/Coronavirus.

Future information will be made available as the situation evolves.

Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus, the CDC and KDHE websites for the latest information about COVID-19.

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