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stay at home order questions and answers

Questions, answers about Johnson County’s stay at home order

We understand that there are lot of questions about Johnson County’s stay at home order. Some of the actions we are taking to provide clarity include the following:

  • Delaying the effective date until March 24 to give people time to learn, adjust and prepare.
  • Participating in a joint news conference with other metro cities and counties at 1 p.m. today which we will stream on our Facebook page (@jocogov).
  • Answering questions as we can coming in by email, phone and social media.
  • Opening up our call center later today.
  • Updating our FAQ’s on our website.
  • As soon as the order has been finalized and signed by our public health officer, we will make it available online and on social media which should answer a lot of questions.

In the meantime, here are answers to some of the top questions we are getting. You can also look refer to this draft list of essential services and activities.

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 normal?


All of those activities are allowed under Johnson County’s order if you follow the CDC guidance of social distancing. Use of parks and other public areas are permitted. However, 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 intention 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 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.

As soon as the order is finalized we will post it here and our social media channels (@jocogov.) For now please refer to this draft list.

Will grocery stores and liquor stores remain open?

Yes, as long as people do not congregate and stores adhere to the 10 people or less order and the CDC’s guidance on social distancing.

We are understandably fielding many questions about very specific individual businesses staying open or having to close. We ask that you please check back later today, review the order and see if it answers your question. We ask that you come back to our Facebook page at 1 p.m. and watch the livestream of our news conference. If neither of those answers your question, our call center will be open at 2 p.m. today at 913-715-5000, as well as answering questions emailed via https://www.jocogov.org/contact-us. Instead of emailing or calling now and leaving a voicemail, we ask that you please wait until you have read the order and/or watched the news conference.


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