On July 2, the 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.
On June 11, 2020, 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. Download this as a pdf.
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.
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.
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 six 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.
In some situations, such as a hair or nail salon, six 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.
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.
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.
If possible, limit your contacts to those in your household, even when you go out.
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.