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Chairman Ed Eilert of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has declared a state of emergency for Johnson County, KS, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday, March 16, the CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas met and agreed to implement measures to close restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters in their jurisdictions as of 12:01 a.m. on March 17 for 15 days. Exceptions are delivery, pickup and drive-through service. The jurisdictions will revisit the decision on April 1 with an evaluation of conditions at that time. Each jurisdiction will implement the closures according to their statutes and procedures.

All four jurisdictions have also decided to ban public gatherings of more than 10 people, effective March 16. Exceptions include governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities, private business operations, religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals. Read the full order

On Tuesday, March 28, Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay at home order for all of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently the governor’s order is set to expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 23, would go back into effect.

The governor's frequently asked questions document provides more clarity about the state order. Businesses seeking exemptions may visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Email questions about the state’s stay at home order to

If you are seeking enforcement of the stay at home order, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

Read the information below to learn how the City of Gardner is responding to the pandemic:

In a continued effort to protect the public and limit the spread of COVID-19, the City of Gardner will be taking the following precautionary measures effective immediately:

  • Close all city offices to the public, including City Hall and the Gardner Justice Center. 
  • Suspend utility shutoffs as well as penalties and fees until further notice.
  • Cancel Municipal Court through March 31. (The city will notify individuals by letter regarding their new court date.)
  • Suspend all public activities scheduled at the Gardner Justice Center and the Gardner Senior Center indefinitely.
  • Close all playgrounds.
  • Postpone the State of the City. 
  • Cancel all Youth Soccer practices.
  • Cancel spring soccer program.
  • Cancel spring micro soccer.
  • Cancel player development soccer program.
  • Cancel Earth Day/Arbor Day event.
  • Suspend all current competitive youth baseball and softball practices.
  • Suspend youth baseball/softball/t-ball (refunds will be given if the season doesn’t occur).
  • Suspend pool pass sales indefinitely (refunds and partial refund options will be explored if the Aquatic Center does not open as currently scheduled).

The city will still hold City Council and Planning Commission meetings as scheduled. We encourage the public to watch our livestream at .

The city is still available to assist you by phone (913.856.7535), online ( or via email ( Gardner Police Department is also available by phone at 913.856.7312, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you do have an emergency, please call 911.

The health and well-being of our community remain our top priority, and we will continue to provide more updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to navigate this unprecedented situation with COVID-19.



COVID-19 Hotline: A telephone hotline, 913.715.CV19 (2819), has been set up for individuals needing to speak with a medical professional. Nurses from Johnson County schools will take calls Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

JOCO Daily Emails: Sign up for daily emails at to receive updates on new developments in the pandemic and efforts being taken to protect our community.

JOCO COVID-19 website: Visit for the latest information impacting our county.

Stay At Home Order Hotline: Johnson County has created a hotline for individuals to call regarding the Stay At Home Order. That number is 913-715-5000. Calls will be answered Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kansas Essential Functions Request Site: The governor's office has created a fillable form for individuals or entities who are uncertain whether their business performs functions exempted from the state's stay home order. This site can be reached at Complaints and questions can be sent to

Kansas Essential Functions – FAQ: The FAQ site at can help answer the most frequently asked questions regarding essential functions.


Kansas Department of Health

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

County's response to COVID-19

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19

For more information about steps we can all take to help prevent the spread of this virus, watch the county's latest news conference and download the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's guide.

About COVID-19

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