At its regular meeting on Nov. 19, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to adopt Resolution No. 108-20, outlining enforcement of Public Health Order No. 002-20, issued by the Board of Health on Nov. 13, 2020. The order pertains to physical distancing and mass gatherings in certain business settings, the hours of operation for restaurants and bars and includes other provisions.
Today’s adoption of a resolution on enforcement makes noncompliance with this and future Local Health Officer or Board of Health orders a violation of the Johnson County Code in the unincorporated area of the county.
Johnson County codes apply in the unincorporated parts of Johnson County. This enforcement resolution provides that Johnson County local health orders can be enforced within Johnson County cities if a city passes a resolution allowing county codes to be enforced within its jurisdictions and enters into an agreement with the county. The Chairman is authorized to sign such agreements with cities. Cities would assist the county in reporting and investigating noncompliance with health orders within city limits.
In an effort to clear up any confusion, Chairman Eilert noted, “This resolution is focused on businesses and mass gatherings rather than on individuals,” requesting that any reference to individuals be struck from the resolution. “Otherwise there could be misunderstanding of what the order is.”
The emphasis will be on awareness and education. The fine for violation of a health order would not to exceed $500 per offense. There is no criminal penalty.
Authority to enforce the governor’s mask order resides with the District Attorney’s Office. This resolution does not impact that authority. Those seeking enforcement of the Governor’s mask order, can contact the District Attorney’s consumer fraud hotline at 913-715-3003.