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In a video address posted Saturday night, Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach implored residents to fully comply with the metro-wide stay-at-home order that will go into effect Tuesday.
“Compliance will ensure the health of the most medically vulnerable and our grandparents, parents, family and friends,” Gerlach said. “Your cooperation and understanding will help our city, our county, our nation to get through this unprecedented time.”
The order, approved by the governments of Johnson County, Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Mo., and the rest of Jackson County, will limit public activity to essential functions, like trips to the grocery store and pharmacy. Outdoor activities like running and hiking are permitted as long as they don’t require the clustering of groups of people. Otherwise, citizens are strongly encouraged to remain at home unless they have to conduct essential functions.
“Your actions and those of others will help to minimize and mitigate community spread of the coronavirus and allow our health care system to take care of those who really need help,” Gerlach said. “Keep in your thoughts and prayers all of those who must work in our hospitals, public safety and emergency services and other essential industries.”
You can view Gerlach’s full remarks below.