The Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering is a professional licensing board and does not have the authority to mandate or recommend the closure of our licensed salons or schools; this authority lies with the Governor in coordination with State and County health officials. As the health and safety of our current and prospective licensees, consumers, and employees is a priority for ABOCB, we strongly encourage all individuals to follow the CDC guidelines, as well as the guidelines established by Governor Ivey, ADPH, and local health authorities, for preventing the spread of Coronavirus. Please see our updated FAQ for further information, and visit our Coronavirus Assistance page for information on programs and assistance available to you during this time.
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On May 8, 2020, Governor Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health extended their "safer at home" order allowing certain businesses to open. Close-contact service providers such as barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body art facilities and tattoo services, and massage therapy establishments will be allowed to open on May 11, 2020. The full text of the order is located here.
Shops and salons are required to comply with the requirements in Section 8, Close-contact service providers, of the September 30, 2020, Public Health Order and are strongly encouraged to read and implement the guidelines included in both the "Safeguarding All Businesses" and "Close Contact Businesses" flyers linked below:
Please use this checklist of recommended procedures to prepare your shop or salon prior to reopening.
In accordance with the September 30, 2020, Public Health Order, effective June 1, 2020, all schools, public and private - including elementary, secondary, postsecondary, technical, and specialty schools, and colleges are required to comply with the requirements in Section 14, Educational Institutions.
Click here to view the CDC's COVID-19 Guidance for Colleges and Universities.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued updated guidance regarding tanning salons. Tanning salons may reopen as of April 30, 2020, 5pm. The Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering does not regulate tanning salons, but many of our licensees operate tanning salons in adjacent rooms. Please see the Memorandum from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Our office is open but currently working with a limited staff in accordance with Governor Ivey’s Safer at Home order. We will make every effort to respond to your phone calls and emails in a timely manner. Although this may cause a delay in the processing time of applications, licenses, and permits, we are working diligently to ensure that your needs are met. Thank you for your patience during this time.