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Johnson County begins phased re-opening plan

Post Date:05/19/2020 10:00 AM

UPDATE: 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.


UPDATE: 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.


UPDATE: 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.


UPDATE: 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.


UPDATE: 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.


UPDATE: 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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