TOMA is a regional association certified with the National Association of Theatre Owners. We represent movie theaters in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.  Our members range from the largest cinema chains in the world to the region’s Main Street movie theater owners.

State & Local Resources

Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities

The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19.

Governor’s Executive Orders

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued a broad range of executive orders as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the executive orders.

Kansas Department of Labor

COVID-19 Response Resources: Links to layoff and unemployment spreadsheet guidance, workplace safety, and shared work information are available on this one page to make it easier for Kansans to keep updated on the virus and resources available to assist them during this challenging time. Click here for more information.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The site contains detailed information, answers to frequently asked questions and updated videos from Sec. Lee Norman. Information will also be shared on KDHE’s social media channels. Click here for more information. 

County “Stay At Home” Orders

The Kansas Chamber is tracking a number of “Stay At Home” orders issued by Kansas counties. Click here to see the list of counties.

NATO is tracking State Closures, Bans, and Executive Action:

Federal Resources


Paid Sick and Emergency Leave for Employers with Fewer than 500 Employees: Congress passed legislation on March 18 requiring employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid sick and emergency leave. The legislation goes into effect on April 1, 2020. The law applies to leave taken between April 1, 2020-December 31, 2020. On March 20, the Department of Labor announced that businesses with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from the paid emergency leave requirement (but not the paid sick leave requirement). Below are links to guidance that was published by the DOL on the paid leave requirements:

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Eligible theater owners can apply for disaster loans through the Small Business Administration. Click here to visit the SBA website. 

DOL: Coronavirus Guidance

The DOL has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus. Click here for more information. 

IRS: Coronavirus Tax Relief

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Click here for more information. 

CDC: Resources for Businesses and Employers

The CDC has issued Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers on issues ranging from cleaning and disinfection guidance, best practices for social distancing, and strategies and recommendations that can be implemented now to respond to COVID-19. Click here for more information. 

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