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Johnson County's Stay-at-home order

Post Date:03/22/2020 2:29 PM

Today, the CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, held a news conference regarding the stay-at-home order that will begin on Tuesday, March 24. This order directs residents to stay at home except for essential needs in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Click here to view Johnson County's Stay-At-Home Order.

We understand that you may have many questions about how the order impacts you. A hotline has been made available to address them: 913-715-5000. This line is available today (Sunday) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and during the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQ) thus far:

Can I go outside, take a walk or a run, walk my dog, spend time in a park or trail? Can I visit a grandchild, check on an elderly parent or neighbor, handle my custody arrangements with my children per usual?


All of those activities are allowed under Johnson County’s order if you follow the CDC guidance of social distancing. The use of parks and other public areas are permitted. However, the use of playground equipment is discouraged.

As an essential worker, do I need an official letter or badge showing that I am allowed to go to work or be outside my home?


Badges and letters are not needed. It’s not our intent at this time for people to be cited by law enforcement as they move around the county or metro. We want to assume people’s good intentions that they will follow the order and will be out of their homes for permitted reasons. We do encourage people to stay at home unless they need to perform an essential service or have a job with an essential service or business that cannot be done from home. We encourage everyone who can to work from home and encourage businesses to allow for that as much as possible.

Can I run, work at, or frequent a specific business, company, or service during this stay at home order?

We would refer you to Johnson County’s stay at home in order to see all of the services and activities that are deemed “essential.” If you see it there, then it is exempt from the order and fine. We ask that you keep in mind that we want the public to stay at home unless they need an essential service performed or work at a place that performs essential services, and their work cannot be done from home.

Will grocery stores and liquor stores remain open?

Yes, as long as people do not congregate and stores adhere to the ten people or less order and the CDC’s guidance on social distancing.

Again, please call the hotline (913-715-5000) for more details. 


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