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Posted on: March 13, 2020

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March 31, 2020: A letter to Roeland Park Businesses during the Corona Virus Pandemic

Declaration of Emergency 03-30-2020 (PDF)

Roeland Park Declares State of Emergency 

Stay at Home Order goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24 at 12:01 a.m. 

ROELAND PARK, Kan. (March 23, 2020) -- Roeland Park Mayor, Mike Kelly, has issued a State of Emergency for the City of Roeland Park. This order follows City code that states in times of emergency the Mayor may impose by proclamation a declaration of emergency, and to take such actions as contemplated in Chapter 1, Article19 of the CIty Code. This State of Emergency also follows guidance from the Johnson County Health Department, Johnson County Government and the state of Kansas.

In addition to the State of Emergency and in conjunction with the CORE 4 Regional Partners, a Stay at Home Order will go into effect Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The order will stay in effect for 30 days from the effective date, March 24, with consideration after 30 days of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care information available at that time. 

“Roeland Park is in full cooperation with the recommendations made by the public health community across metropolitan Kansas City with the proactive implementation of social distancing through the Stay at Home Order,” said Mayor Mike Kelly. “We’re asking residents to stay at home, as much as possible, in order to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.”

Actions to be implemented include, but may not be limited to:  

  • In all areas, establishments must follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal, state and local public health officials for social distancing and infection control measures.

  • All large public gatherings of people in Roeland Park are prohibited until further notice. Large public gatherings are now defined as those with more than ten (10) people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor, except for governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities and private business operations.

  • Residents may leave their homes to carry out essential services that include: government services, infrastructure projects, child care, health care, grocery stores, pharmacies and delivery/carry-out/drive-through services from restaurants. 

  • Roeland Park municipal buildings are closed to the general public until further notice.

  • All city events, meetings and workshops are canceled for the next 30 days except for City Council meetings which will be held remotely. 

  • The city staff and police force will continue to operate.  

  • Residents can still take care of City business remotely and by calling City Hall at 913-722-2600. Please note, the City Hall phone line will be closed from noon - 1 p.m. until further notice. 

  • Required on-site building inspections will take place on Wednesdays during the shutdown. However, staff will continue to communicate with the contractors and get building permits reviewed and approved.

  • Roeland Park Aquatic Center Pool Pass sales are postponed until May 1, 2020 pending the Stay at Home Order being lifted. 

  • City parks remain open but playgrounds are closed until further notice. Use social distancing when visiting parks and trails. 

  • Food drives and donations are permitted as they fall into the essential grocery category. Roeland Park United Methodist Church located at 5110 Cedar Street will still collect canned goods and non-perishable food donations. 


More information on the Stay at Home Order is available here.  Johnson County Government has developed an FAQ to help residents understand the order and the essential services category that can be viewed here. Additional resources include a Johnson County Hotline for COVID-19 Health Questions (913-715-CV19) and a Johnson County Hotline for Essential Services Questions (913-715-5000). Both hotlines are open Monday-Friday during business hours.


If you have further questions, please call Roeland Park City Hall at 913-722-2600. The City will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. You can also follow the City on social media and sign up for email alerts for the most up-to-date information. 

Amended Emergency Order of Local Health Officer
Signed Amended Local Health Officer’s Order 3-19-2020 (PDF)

Updates to the Johnson County Emergency Order

Roeland Park, Kan. (March 19, 2020) - Johnson County Health Officer, Dr. Joseph LeMaster, has amended the emergency order and it can be viewed here. The City of Roeland Park urges residents to be aware of these important changes that include: 

  1. The original order (March 16, 2020 ) stated that “religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals” were excluded from the large public gathering restriction (10 or more).  The March 19, 2020 order does not include that exclusion, meaning the gathering restriction of no more than ten (10) now applies to those activities (faith-based, weddings and funerals). 

  1. Additional information has been added which states “Pursuant to K.S.A. 65-l 29b, any sheriff, deputy sheriff or other law enforcement officer of the state or any political subdivision within Johnson County, Kansas is hereby ordered to assist in the execution or enforcement of this order.”

As a reminder, the order also states that, “In all areas, establishments must follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal, state and local public health officials for social distancing and infection control measures.”

The City of Roeland Park has postponed and/or canceled all City events, meetings and activities effective through April 5, 2020. A full list of cancellations and postponements can be viewed on the City’s website.  In addition, all municipal buildings are currently closed to the public until further notice. 

If you have further questions, please call Roeland Park City Hall at 913-722-2600. The City will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. You can also follow the City on social media and sign up for email alerts for the most up-to-date information. 

City of Roeland Park Closes City Hall to Public to Limit COVID-19 Exposure 

Roeland Park, Kan. (March 17, 2020) -  In coordination with the State of Emergency issued in Johnson County and in a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Roeland Park has postponed and/or canceled all City events, meetings and activities effective through April 5, 2020. In addition, City Hall is currently closed to the public. A full list of cancellations and postponements can be viewed on the City’s website

“It has been amazing to see our community come together in this time of need,” said Mayor Mike Kelly. “We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we do our absolute best to keep City services available. We continue to urge residents to practice social-distancing to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.” 

In addition, several initiatives have also been mandated to protect the health and safety of the community that include: 

  • Johnson County has expressed an increased emphasis on maintaining social distancing.

  • Beginning, Wednesday, March 18, a Johnson County Community #COVID19 hotline for the public to ask questions will be available. Calls will be answered by school nurses from Johnson County schools. Call 913-715-CV19 (913-715-2819) from 7am – 7pm, Monday through Friday.

  • The City of Roeland Park has made the decision to close City Hall to the public effective March 18, 2020 until further notice. City staff will continue to work to ensure all City business and services are managed. Most services can be completed online or over the phone. If there is a specific service that a resident needs assistance with immediately that cannot be completed remotely special accommodations will be made.

  • Johnson County Parks and Recreation, the Roeland Park Community Center and the City of Roeland Park are proceeding with the following guidelines until further notice. All large public gatherings of people in Johnson County are prohibited until further notice. Large public gatherings are now defined as those with more than ten (10) people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor, except for governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities and private business operations. 

  • Governor Laura Kelly announced Tuesday, March 17, 2020  that she has decided to close all schools in the state for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus.

  • The CORE 4 partners of Jackson County - Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; City of Kansas City, Mo. Government, and Kansas City Kansas Unified Government met and agreed to implement measures to close restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters in their jurisdictions as of 12:01 a.m. on March 17 for 15 days. Questions on these closures can be directed to Johnson County’s general hotline at 913-715-5000. More information available here

  • Roeland Park volunteers in collaboration with the Roeland Park United Methodist Church located at 5110 Cedar Street will collect canned goods and non-perishable food donations for those in need. You can also contribute monetarily by visiting this link. Food collection will begin on Friday, March 20 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Roeland Park United Methodist Church and continue on Monday, March 23 and  Wednesday, March 25  from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the church. Items can be left at the west entrance next to the double glass doors accessible from the back parking lot. Items collected will be distributed to those in need on Friday, March 27 between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Those requesting donations can drive up in the parking lot and donations will be brought directly to their car. If you’d like to help or have questions, please contact Pastor Nancy Pauls at nancy.pauls@roelandparkumc.org. Please view the list of requested donations items here. This is a non-governmental service available to all in our Roeland Park community, regardless of citizenship status. No identification is required. Please practice social-distancing when dropping off or picking up donations. 

 “At this time, City Hall is closed to the public, but staff will continue to work and keep City services up and running,” said City Administrator, Keith Moody. “However, all police, fire and EMS services will continue to operate in full force. This is an ever-changing situation and our top priority continues to be public safety and health.”

If you have further questions, please call Roeland Park City Hall at 913-722-2600. The City will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. You can also follow the City on social media and sign up for email alerts for the most up-to-date information. 

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Roeland Park, Kan. (March 13, 2020) -  In coordination with the State of Emergency issued in Johnson County and in a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Roeland Park has postponed and/or canceled all City events, meetings and activities effective today, March 13, 2020, through April 5, 2020; with the exception of the City Council Meeting which will be held remotely. 

Cancellations and postponements include, but are not limited to: 

⦁    The City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6 p.m. will be held remotely. Residents can listen in with a dial-in number and staff will allow public access to the Council Chamber where the meeting will be shown. However, remote participation is strongly encouraged as Council will also be participating remotely. Only essential business will be on the agenda and all non-essential items will be moved to an alternate meeting date. A dial-in number will be shared when available. 

⦁    All Committee meetings are canceled through April 5, 2020. 

⦁    The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 has been postponed. 

⦁    Municipal Court is cancelled on March 25, 2020 and March 31, 2020. Those scheduled to appear on March 25, 2020 will now need to appear on May 13, 2020. Those scheduled to appear on March 31, 2020 will now need to appear on May 26, 2020. All will be contacted with information on the new court appearance dates. 

⦁    Breakfast with the Bunny and the Egg Hunt scheduled to take place on April 4, 2020 have been canceled. 

⦁    All Johnson County Park and Recreation District programming at the Community Center through Sunday, March 15th is cancelled. Effective immediately the fitness center will also be closed. All rentals taking place March 13th - 15th will be held as scheduled.

⦁    Effective Monday, March 16th and until further notice the Roeland Park Community Center will be closed. Fitness room memberships will be placed on hold and the responsible party for all impacted rentals will be contacted as soon as possible. Any future updates will be provided via the notification line at 913-686-6030, press 9.

⦁    City Hall and city parks remain open.  We recommend practicing social distancing and utilizing online resources when available for city services. 

“As of today, this is our plan to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said City Administrator, Keith Moody. “This plan could shift based on day-to-day updates from the Johnson County Health Department, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as well as the Johnson County Emergency Management office. This is an ever-changing situation and our top priority is public safety and health.” 

In addition, the City of Roeland Park has communicated with staff that anyone who has a fever, cough, is sick, or may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19  to stay home, follow reporting procedures and not report to work until symptoms have subsided or they have been cleared by a health professional. All police, fire and EMS services will continue to operate and they are currently taking protective measures to keep first-responders healthy. Public Works and City Hall will operate under regular hours at this time.

“It is with an abundance of caution that we have taken these steps to keep our community and City safe,” said Mayor Mike Kelly. “We don’t like to postpone City business, but we believe it is in the best interest of our community during this time of concern. The situation is fluid, and we will continue to seek and utilize the best information available. In the meantime, Roeland Park will do our part to help stop and slow the spread of COVID-19.” 

The City of Roeland Park has created a webpage with helpful links to Johnson County Health Department information and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and it can be visited here.  As a reminder, the Johnson County Health Department recommends individuals take steps to protect themselves and their neighbors:

 ⦁    High-risk individuals need to be extra careful. People over age 60, people with a weakened immune system and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk for serious illness (including hospitalization and death) from COVID-19 and should avoid being around anyone who is ill or near large crowds (more than 10 people).

 ⦁    Cover your cough and sneeze. COVID-19 is transmitted when people cough or sneeze near others and those respiratory droplets are breathed in by a nearby person or when someone touches an infected surface and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.

 ⦁    If you’re sick, stay home. Separate yourself from others in your household by using a separate bedroom and bathroom. If that’s not possible, distance yourself (at least 3 feet apart) from others and disinfect surfaces on a regular basis.

 ⦁    Call your primary healthcare provider if you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath) to discuss whether you should be tested for COVID-19 and other possible reasons for illness. You do not need to go to the hospital emergency room to get tested.

 ⦁    Wash your hands often with soap and water. If that’s not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you have further questions, please call Roeland Park City Hall at 913-722-2600. The City will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. 

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The first confirmed case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020.

Please use this information compiled from expert sources: 

  • Read the latest update from the Johnson County Government. 

  • Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities: This site provides customized guidance for different groups within the community (at home, schools, colleges & universities, at work, healthcare settings, large community events/mass gatherings, and first responders).

  • COVID-19 Travel Information: This page includes the most up to date information about travel restrictions and guidance regarding COVID-19.

  • Additional information can be found on these websites:  CDC, KDHE, and Johnson County DHE


Health care providers should immediately notify infection control at their health care facility and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at (877) 427-7317 if they have a patient under investigation for COVID-19. KDHE is coordinating all testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit this page for current case counts, prevention information, travel notices, guidance, and frequently asked questions. 

Source: Johnson County Government 

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