On May 11, Johnson County Government will begin offering in-person services to the public in a phased approach. Between May 11 and 18, the county will open buildings and front counters, starting with the County Administration Building, in Olathe; Northeast Offices, in Mission; and the Olathe Motor Vehicle Office. The schedule of the Johnson County Government buildings phased opening is available online.
Johnson County began closing buildings to the public in late March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For several weeks, Johnson County Government has been preparing for its reopening, which aligns with Johnson County’s May 11 start of Phase 1 from Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s “Reopen Kansas” plan.
“With the expiration of the stay-at-home order and the beginning of Phase 1 in Johnson County, it is time for us to start opening our doors again to employees and residents with a thoughtful and safe approach,” said County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson.
As facilities reopen, county staff will offer in-person service using a measured approach, prioritizing safety for the public and its employees. The county strongly encourages the continued use of its other service options (email, online, mail, drop box) during this time.
“We appreciate the flexibility and patience Johnson County residents have shown with the closure of the county’s library buildings, park facilities and motor vehicle offices,” said Postoak Ferguson. “We have made every effort to safely provide our residents with a continuation of our programs and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The county’s phased reopening approach includes the appropriate and recommended use of personal protective equipment, plastic protective barriers, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning/hygiene measures. Additionally, the return of county staff to the workplace will be done in a way that balances safety with attention to public service. Johnson County employees will return to work at a pace and a level necessary to meet business demands while meeting gating criteria set by the state of Kansas.
As the county approaches Phase 1, the Johnson County Coronavirus Update webpage has been refreshed to focus on the county’s reopening and recovery. It includes the same detailed information, now organized so website visitors can locate details they need more easily. The county designed https://www.jocogov.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update using frequently visited webpage data to prioritize the most popular content.