KS Gov. Kelley Providing Hospitality Industry Financial Relief

By Ian Ritter

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has announced the allocation of $5 million to go to businesses in the hospitality industry impacted by COVID-19. Businesses could get a one-time loan of $20 million at zero percent interest without required payments for four months, and total repayment times would total 36 months.

The types of businesses that are eligible to apply are bars, conference and event centers, lodging facilities and restaurants that have less than 100 employees and no state-tax debt.

The KC Metro area would get $2 million in support, Sedgwick County would get $1 million, and $2 million would go toward the rest of the state. Companies can apply for relief here.

Meanwhile, Kelly has shut Kansas schools for the remainder of the school year and is extending unemployment benefits for those laid off from 16 to 26 weeks.