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June 29, 2020 - Governor Kelly announces masks must be worn statewide. The Executive Order is set to take effect Friday July 3, 2020. 

June 26, 2020 - Governor Kelly announces additional benefits within the Hero Relief Program, and deploys Mobile Testing Unit for under-served populations. In addition, Johnson County expands drive-thru appointment-based testing for children over 12 and expands hours starting June 29th.

June 22, 2020 - Johnson County District Court reopened to the public. Additionally, Governor Kelly recommends staying in Phase 3 of the "Ad Astra" Plan. The press release may be found here

June 17, 2020 - Governor Kelly signed an Executive Order allowing all drivers under the age of 65 to use the online driver’s license renewal system. The lifting of the age restrictions ends on July 31st, 2020, or until the end of the State of Disaster Emergency, whichever is earlier. 

June 15, 2020 - Johnson County Library reopens with modified hours. For additional information, please visit the Library’s page.

June 9, 2020 - Governor Kelly signs bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill. The press release may be found here

June 8, 2020 - Governor Kelly’s Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Task Force met for the first time to create framework to distribute CARES Act funding. She also recommended moving into Phase 3 of "Ad Astra" Plan

June 5, 2020 - Johnson County provides additional guidance to businesses and residents about reopening. 

May 26, 2020 - Governor Kelly signs Declaration of Disaster, allowing her to use the National Guard to provide food and other resources. 

May 22, 2020 - Johnson County Library begins phased reopening, while Johnson County Parks and Recreation updated its reopening plan. Johnson County Motor Vehicle created a new online payment portal for expired tags. The payment portal may be found here.

May 19, 2020 - Governor Kelly moves Kansas into a modified Phase 2 starting Friday, May 22nd. She also issued guidance on Memorial Day Gatherings.

May 14, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly announces updated phased reopening plan. Find more details here.

May 8, 2020 - The City of Roeland Park Announces Phased Reopening Plan, Follows Reopen Kansas Plan 

In coordination with the scheduled lift of the Johnson County Stay-at-Home Order set to expire on May 10 at 11:59 p.m as well as the Reopen Kansas Plan, the City of Roeland Park has created a phased plan to safely reopen City Hall offices, municipal facilities and services. The City of Roeland Park encourages businesses to review the Reopen Kansas Plan, the Reopen Kansas Plan FAQ and an outline of the Reopen Kansas Plan phased approach which will inform how/when businesses can reopen.  

“Although Roeland Park has created its reopening plan, the dates for implementing each phase remain fluid,” said Mayor Mike Kelly. “Governor Kelly will determine when it is safe to move to the next phase using the criteria and data outlined in the Reopen Kansas report. We will follow her guidance. While we all want to get back to normal, we realize the virus is still active. We urge residents to practice social-distancing, wash their hands, and wear masks in order to continue to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.” 

Each phase has a minimum time outlined before the next phase begins. According to the governor’s plan, the capability of ongoing testing, tracing, and disease investigation will play an important role in the decision-making process. 

Phase one will begin on Monday, May 11, 2020 in the City. Essential businesses will remain open and select non-essential businesses will be permitted to reopen following all guidelines in the Reopen Kansas Plan. Business guidelines can be reviewed here. In addition, City Hall and other City facilities will remain closed to the public, but City staff will return to work at City facilities following social-distancing and safety protocols. 

Roeland Park has created a document to inform the community on when they can expect City buildings, playgrounds, municipal court, the Community Center and more to reopen. Detailed plans on the reopening of the City and parks and recreation facilities can be viewed here

“City staff will continue to ensure all City business and services are managed as we work through the phased reopening plan,” said City Administrator, Keith Moody. “As we reopen City Hall and resume in-person City services, the community can expect social-distancing will be implemented. As we have more plans on what the public can expect, we will be sure to share protocol information.” 

More details are available on Johnson County’s coronavirus page at www.jocogov.org/coronavirus and the governor’s plan page at www.covid.ks.gov. If you have further questions, please call Roeland Park City Hall at 913-722-2600. The City will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. You can also follow the City on social media and sign up for email alerts for the most up-to-date information. 

May 1, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Stay at Home Order Extended through May 10th for Johnson County per the Board of County Commissioners. Johnson County decides to adopt the State of Kansas plan for re-opening businesses. Read the press release from the County

April 16, 2020 - The Board of County Commissioners met to discuss a possible extension of the Stay-At-Home order beyond the May 3rd date set by the Governor. They intend to study the issue and make an announcement prior to that date.

April 15, 2020 - Governor Kelly extends her executive order to Stay-At-Home until May 3rd. Read more in the Shawnee Mission Post.

April 12, 2020 - The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-18 pertaining to mass gatherings of more than 10 people stands. 

The Governor’s order includes limits on funerals and religious gatherings, bringing the state in line with Johnson County’s order on this issue. Read this guidance from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment on mass gatherings including religious activities.

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April 10, 2020 -  A message from Police Chief John Morris.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been fielding phone calls and messages from citizens who are concerned about social-distancing best practices not being followed in our community. The law enforcement agencies in Johnson County have adopted a procedure at the direction of the Johnson County District Attorney and the Johnson County District Court. The procedure entails:

▶️ Education on social-distancing best practices.
▶️ Encouragement of voluntary compliance.

We will continue to respond to calls concerning compliance with COVID-19 orders with this approach. In addition, we will update our policies and procedures if there is a change recommended from the state or the county.

We have seen some essential businesses in our community implement further social-distancing best practices like limiting foot-traffic numbers, changing store flow and closing early to allow for cleaning. This has helped greatly and we appreciate these changes. Please continue to stay home, follow social-distancing best practices and wash your hands in order to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. If you have additional questions or need to report a social-distancing complaint, please contact: COVID19@roelandpark.org.

Additional information available on the Johnson County District Attorney website: https://da.jocogov.org/

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Roeland Park Declares State of Emergency 

Stay at Home Order goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24 at 12:01 a.m. 

ROELAND PARK, Kan. (March 23, 2020) -- Roeland Park Mayor, Mike Kelly, has issued a State of Emergency for the City of Roeland Park. This order follows City code that states in times of emergency the Mayor may impose by proclamation a declaration of emergency, and to take such actions as contemplated in Chapter 1, Article19 of the CIty Code. This State of Emergency also follows guidance from the Johnson County Health Department, Johnson County Government and the state of Kansas.

In addition to the State of Emergency and in conjunction with the CORE 4 Regional Partners, a Stay at Home Order will go into effect Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The order will stay in effect for 30 days from the effective date, March 24, with consideration after 30 days of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care information available at that time. 

“Roeland Park is in full cooperation with the recommendations made by the public health community across metropolitan Kansas City with the proactive implementation of social distancing through the Stay at Home Order,” said Mayor Mike Kelly. “We’re asking residents to stay at home, as much as possible, in order to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.”

Actions to be implemented include, but may not be limited to:  

  • In all areas, establishments must follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal, state and local public health officials for social distancing and infection control measures.

  • All large public gatherings of people in Roeland Park are prohibited until further notice. Large public gatherings are now defined as those with more than ten (10) people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor, except for governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities and private business operations.

  • Residents may leave their homes to carry out essential services that include: government services, infrastructure projects, child care, health care, grocery stores, pharmacies and delivery/carry-out/drive-through services from restaurants. 

  • Roeland Park municipal buildings are closed to the general public until further notice.

  • All city events, meetings and workshops are canceled for the next 30 days except for City Council meetings which will be held remotely. 

  • The city staff and police force will continue to operate.  

  • Residents can still take care of City business remotely and by calling City Hall at 913-722-2600. Please note, the City Hall phone line will be closed from noon - 1 p.m. until further notice. 

  • Required on-site building inspections will take place on Wednesdays during the shutdown. However, staff will continue to communicate with the contractors and get building permits reviewed and approved.

  • Roeland Park Aquatic Center Pool Pass sales are postponed until May 1, 2020 pending the Stay at Home Order being lifted. 

  • City parks remain open but playgrounds are closed until further notice. Use social distancing when visiting parks and trails. 

  • Food drives and donations are permitted as they fall into the essential grocery category. Roeland Park United Methodist Church located at 5110 Cedar Street will still collect canned goods and non-perishable food donations. 

More information on the Stay at Home Order is available here. Johnson County Government has developed an FAQ to help residents understand the order and the essential services category that can be viewed here. Additional resources include a Johnson County Hotline for COVID-19 Health Questions (913-715-CV19) and a Johnson County Hotline for Essential Services Questions (913-715-5000). Both hotlines are open Monday-Friday during business hours.

If you have further questions, please call Roeland Park City Hall at 913-722-2600. The City will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. You can also follow the City on social media and sign up for email alerts for the most up-to-date information. 

Amended Emergency Order of Local Health Officer
Signed Amended Local Health Officer’s Order 3-19-2020 (PDF)

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