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 January 21, 2021, Governor Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health extended the “safer at home” order until March 5, 2021. 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 January 21, 2021, 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.

In accordance with the January 21, 2021, 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.

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.