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.


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 November 4, 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:

ADPH has issued guidance for close-contact businesses regarding safety practices when reopening.

ADPH has issued additional guidance for all employers to help safeguard their businesses.

Please note that as of the November 4, 2020 Public Health Order, the requirements for social distancing in close-contact service establishments have been amended as follows (text in italics has been added):
Social Distancing. Employees shall not knowingly allow clients or persons accompanying a client to congregate within six feet of a person from another household. However, clients or persons accompanying a client who are not from the same household may be closer than six feet apart if they (i) are complying with the facial-covering requirement in paragraph 2 and (ii) are separated by curtains or other partitions, as large as practicable, that are impermeable to respiratory droplets and aerosols.

Please use this checklist of recommended procedures to prepare your shop or salon prior to reopening.

In accordance with the November 4, 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.

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