Coronavirus Affects City Services

To prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community, Johnson County Government has ordered residents to stay at home except for essential needs, beginning Tuesday, March 24 for 30 days.

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Recycling Center, and playgrounds and shelters at City parks are closed, and many other City services are affected by this order.

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Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas Department of Health and Environment are responding to an outbreak of the coronavirus, a virus strain that was newly identified at the end of 2019.

The City of Overland Park is working with the Johnson County Department of Health and Kansas Department of Health and Environment to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak.

This page will be updated as new information is released.

Johnson County Government Emergency Declaration

Saturday, March 21, Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas ordered residents to stay at home except for essential needs, beginning Tuesday, March 24 for 30 days.

This is in addition to previous emergency declarations made on March 13 and 17 limiting public gatherings of 10 or more people and closing many public businesses through April 1.

County Resources

Learn more about the County’s most recent declaration on the County website.

Johnson County has set up a hotline to help with individual inquiries regarding the stay-at-home order. Call 913-715-5000 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., or send questions via email.

City of Overland Park

913-895-6000

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

913-715-2819

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

866-534-3463

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Mayor Gerlach’s Statement

Following the County’s stay-at-home order, hear from Mayor Carl Gerlach about this most recent order and what you can do to keep the community well.

Impact on City Services

CDC recommendations for social distancing and the County’s declarations affect some City service operations.

Unless otherwise noted below, City services are operating normally.

Police Department

The Overland Park Police Department is suspending all non-law enforcement-related fingerprinting until further notice. Station tours and ride-alongs are canceled. Many upcoming community policing events are canceled as well. Please check the Calendar + Events page for the latest information.

Police Reports

If you have an emergency, call 911.

We encourage you to avoid filing non-emergency police reports in-person. Make a report online or call 913-895-6300 (select option 3) between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. to make a report over the phone. If necessary, dispatch will send an officer to you to make a report.

City Hall

City Hall is open with restricted public access until further notice. We encourage you to do as much business as possible online or over the phone.

There will be public access to the first floor lobby and City Clerk area only. You can drop pet tag payments off in the dropbox outside City Hall. Packages, plans, and applications can be left at the designated drop off space in the first-floor lobby.

If necessary, please see the first-floor receptionist for assistance.

Overland Park Municipal Court

The court is closed to the public until April 27.

If you have a hearing or meeting scheduled or need warrant assistance, contact your attorney or request a continuance online. If you have a traffic ticket and would like to request an amendment, you can make a ticket amendment request online.

Staff members are asking for the public to conduct as much of their business online as possible during this time.

Governing Body Meetings

Upcoming City Council, Planning Commission, and City Council committee meetings will be held via videoconference.

Instructions to view meetings are available on each meeting’s agenda.

Some meetings have been canceled or rescheduled. Visit the City calendar to see scheduled meetings.

Public hearing items will be rescheduled for later meetings.

Overland Park Fire Department

Emergency services are generally operating normally while taking extra precautions to avoid spreading coronavirus.

Lifesaving classes are canceled until further notice.

New burn permits will not be issued at this time and fire inspectors will not be visiting any new burn sites. All permits approved before March 23 will be processed as usual.

Recycling Center

Overland Park’s Recycling Center is closed until further notice.

Residents can recycle curbside through any private trash hauler.

Overland Park Farmers’ Market

Originally anticipated to open April 11, the Overland Park Farmers’ Market will remain closed until further notice.

Community Centers

Matt Ross Community Center and Tomahawk Ridge Community Center will be closed until further notice. The City will be evaluating and updating the length of the closure based on County declarations.

Both facilities are fully closed. Meetings, events, parties, lessons, and massages scheduled during this time will need to be rescheduled or canceled. A staff member will contact you to reschedule your event or process a refund. We will contact patrons as soon as possible, in the order of the event date from the start of the closure.

Leagues are administered through KC Crew.  Please visit www.kccrew.com for further information. 

Memberships will be extended the number of days the community center is closed to the public.

Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, including all gardens and trails, is closed until further notice. All organized classes and events have been canceled or postponed.

Golf Clubs

St. Andrews Golf Club and Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Club are open with limited operations in order to follow guidance from the Johnson County Health Department.

Please refer to www.golfop.com for details.

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is now scheduled to open April 25 at 9 a.m. This is subject to change based on updates from health officials from Johnson County and the State of Kansas.

Parks + Trails

All City parks and trails are open, but restrooms, playgrounds, exercise equipment and athletic courts are closed. Visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing at City parks.

Park shelter reservations are canceled. City staff will reach out to those with reservations to reschedule or cancel and issue full refunds. Call 913-895-6390 if you have questions.

Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex

Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex is closed to tournament and league play through April 10.

Prevent Illness

Wash your hands often.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact.

Put distance between yourself and other people, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

The CDC provides guidelines for what to do if you have symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.