Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to support Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order requiring masks to be worn in public spaces. Kansas Governor Executive Order #20-52 also requires masks outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. There are a number of exemptions. Children 5 and younger will not be required to wear masks when the order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m., on Friday, July 3. Those with medical conditions that prevent mask use will also be allowed an exemption. Businesses open to the public are required to comply with the order.
The entirety of the Spring Hill city limits, in both Johnson and Miami counties, is affected by this order according to our City Emergency Operations Plan. You can download a graphic here.
Our planned opening at Veterans Park on July 4 is still a go! Social distancing will be in effect at this event. Since it is an outdoor event where distancing can be achieved, face masks are strongly encouraged but not required. We will have a limited supply of masks on hand as well as sanitizer.
If you plan to visit a City facility, you will need a face mask to enter beginning Monday, July 6. You can also do business with us online, by phone or email.
Governor Laura Kelly today announced that she will sign an Executive Order requiring that most Kansans in a public space must wear a mask, beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3.
“This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy,” Governor Kelly said. “Wearing a mask is not only safe – but it is necessary to avoid another shut down.
“Remember – my mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” Governor Kelly said. “We’re all in this together.”
Under the order, most Kansans must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants, and in any situation in which social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, including outside. The EO will be released on Thursday, and will provide specific guidance regarding under what circumstances masks must be worn.
“I know Kansans will have many questions about this order – and we will answer them when it is released later this week,” Governor Kelly said. “But by announcing the requirement today, people in our state will have the appropriate time to acquire the masks.”
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will work closely with officials in Governor Kelly’s administration to ensure that the order complies with Kansas law.
For more information on COVID-19 health guidance, please visit www.covid.ks.gov.
Effective immediately, City facilities will revert back to Phase 3 of the State’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. This means Open Gym and our Walking Program are canceled until further notice as well as in-person meetings limited to 45 individuals. Face masks are strongly encouraged when visiting each facility.
Other restrictions include:
- Building and room reservations accepted for groups less than 45
- Council and Board meetings resume in Council Chambers with occupancy limited to 45
- Civic Center courtyard designated as entrance only. All other Civic Center exterior doors are exit only.
New procedures for meetings and activities at the Civic Center following CDC guidelines:
(for guests visiting our facilities for longer than 10 minutes)
- Guests should plan and come prepared for your activity or meeting to limit time needed in the facility.
- Meetings and/or activities are limited to those participating.
- All guest must be able to fit in your designated meetings room. Cannot overflow into the hallway.
- Guests should socialize or wait outside of the facility where social distancing can be achieved.
- Sanitize your hands upon arriving and before leaving our facilities.
- Guests will be asked to sign-in.
- We encourage you to wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.
- Please stay home if you are sick.
- Be patient, flexible and kind.
- Social distancing is highly encouraged throughout the facilities.
The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted that Johnson County will now follow the voluntary recommendations and guidance in the state’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. This includes the following precautionary measures: washing your hands, staying at home if you are sick, physical distancing from others, and wearing a mask when out in public.More tips to protect yourself and others are listed below.
- Wash or sanitize your hands regularly.
- Frequent hand-washing remains one of the best and easiest ways to prevent the spread of disease, including the coronavirus. Hand-washing is preferred, but an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good thing to keep in your car or purse and at your desk at work.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth, especially after contact with high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, bathroom sinks, elevator buttons, front counters in offices or restaurants, and public transit.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance from others when possible.
- When you’re at a restaurant or business, pay attention to the distance between your group and the one next to you. If you are seated less than 6 feet apart, ask for more space. Transmission is more likely the longer you are close to someone, so it’s okay to be close very briefly, such as passing in the aisle at a grocery store.
- Wear a barrier mask when distance is not possible.
- In some situations, such as a hair or nail salon, 6 feet of distance is not possible. Both parties should wear a barrier mask (cloth or disposable) to reduce the risk of transmission. Employees in these types of situations should disinfect surfaces and wash their hands frequently.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Droplets from your cough or sneeze travel much farther than droplets from breathing or talking and have a higher potential to infect others. Even if you don’t think you have the coronavirus, you should always cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze to avoid spreading germs.
- Enjoy the great outdoors.
- Better air circulation and wide open spaces make outdoor activities a safer choice. If you eat at a restaurant, ask for outside seating when possible. If you want to meet up with a friend, lunch at the park (6 feet apart, of course) is your best bet.
- Keep social contacts limited.
- If possible, limit your contacts to those in your household, even when you go out.
- If you are sick, stay home.
- If you have any symptoms of illness, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, or chills, stay at home and call your primary care doctor to see if you should be tested for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at (913) 715-5000.
- Johnson County Community COVID-19 hotline
- (913) 715-CV19 (2819)
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- School nurses are staffing this hotline
- Questions related to COVID-19
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment hotline
Johnson County has created a dashboard that allows the public to see the areas of the county (including the entirety of Spring Hill) that have been impacted by COVID-19. The data is broken down by demographics, including hot spots within the county.