ABOCB received updated guidance on Thursday related to the statewide public health order issued 3/19/2020. Unless prohibited by local authorities, shops and salons may continue to operate. ADPH recommends that all salons follow the CDC’s guidance for employers found at:
For questions regarding salons operating in Jefferson County, please contact the Jefferson County Health Department at https://jcdh.org.
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ABCOB Official Statement
The following is an official statement from the ABOCB:
This update is provided as of March 19, 2020, 5:50 pm, based on the latest information obtained by the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering (ABOCB):
On March 13, 2020, on recommendation of the State Health Officer, Governor Kay Ivey declared a state public health emergency.
Effective March 17, 2020, Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson issued an order for Jefferson County prohibiting all gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons until further notice.
Effective March 17, 2020, as of 5pm, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris issued an order for Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties prohibiting all gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons until further notice.
Effective March 19, 2020, as of 5 pm, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris issued a state-wide order prohibiting all gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons until further notice.
Effective March 19, 2020, as of 5 pm, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris issued a state-wide order that the following shall be closed: all schools, public and private, including but not limited to, elementary, secondary, postsecondary, technical, or specialty schools, and colleges and universities.
This order supersedes all orders previously issued by the State Health Officer and Jefferson and Mobile County Health Officers and shall remain in full force and effect until rescinded by order of the State Health Officer. The Jefferson and Mobile County Health Officers are authorized, after consultation with the State Health Officer, to implement more stringent measures as local circumstances require.
Effective March 20, 2020 at 5 pm, Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson issued an order for Jefferson County that all nonessential businesses and services shall be closed, including nail salons and spas.
ABOCB has confirmed as of March 19, 2020, with the Governor’s Office and the legal counsel of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), all Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering (ABOCB) shops and salons may continue to perform services on clients, with the exception of nails salon and spas in Jefferson County, provided that there are less than 25 people including service providers and clients inside the establishment, and a consistent six-foot distance can be maintained between patrons. The six-foot distance requirement between persons does not apply to the service provider and client.
ADPH recommends that shops and salons follow the CDC’s guidance for employers that can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html.
ADPH recommends limiting the number of patrons and staff to less than 25 people, social distancing, no walk-ins, services by appointment only, spacing patrons in waiting areas, and signs not to enter and to reschedule appointments if ill.
As the health and safety of our current and prospective licensees, consumers, and employees is a priority for ABOCB, we strongly encourage our salons and schools to follow the CDC guidelines, as well as the guidelines established by Governor Ivey and ADPH, for preventing the spread of Coronavirus.
ABOCB 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.
Issued by: The Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
Additional Information Regarding COVID-19
For additional information about COVID-19, please read the latest updates at
Alabama Governor’s Office Press Releases: https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/category/press-releases/
Alabama Department of Public Health: http://alabamapublichealth.gov/
Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov
As information continues to develop regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), ABOCB will provide additional information through our website as it becomes available to us.