Johnson County to officially drop most COVID recommendations

Johnson County mask order

Public health recommendations related to masking and social distancing in public that originally went into effect in April 2021 will be formally phased out once the national declared emergency ends. File photo.

The Johnson County commission on Thursday voted to put an official end to some health recommendations that were adopted during the earliest years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In two resolutions, commissioners voted to end the local disaster emergency and all but two of the public health recommendations adopted in April, 2021 that were intended to curb the spread of the disease.

The resolutions will become effective to coincide with the end of the national emergency declaration. That was to be May 11 but may end early as a result of a U.S. Senate vote on Wednesday.