Johnson County commissioners pass resolution to enforce COVID-19 protocols

Fine could be up to $500 per offense
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Posted at 12:47 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 14:43:21-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 1:30 p.m. | Before Johnson County can carry out its new enforcement resolution, it must first present the ordinance to cities within the county for approval.

The only officials authorized to issue the COVID-19 citations are county codes officials.

But in order to operate in Johnson County's cities, each municipality much sign off.

Then, codes official can engage violators in the enforcement process, which first includes educational efforts.

If the county’s orders continue to be disobeyed, that’s when a violator could face a fine not to exceed $500.

PREVIOUS | The Johnson County, Kansas, Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution on enforcement of COVID-19 protocols Thursday.

People can face up to a $500 fine per offense, according to a 41 Action News crew at Thursday’s meeting.

Some Johnson County residents in attendance chanted “we will not comply” after the resolution passed.

Earlier, the meeting was briefly halted when a crowd entered the meeting room chanting “U-S-A.”

The resolution comes after the board approved new COVID-19 guidelines last Friday, which went into effect Monday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.