On May 3, 2021, Governor Kay Ivey amended the statewide health order to a “Safer Apart” order to be implemented statewide, effective April 9, 2021, at 5:00pm, through May 31, 2021, at 5:00pm. Additionally, the statewide state of emergency will end on July 2, 2021 at 5:00pm. The Safer Apart order lifts the statewide mask mandate as well as other restrictions affecting our shops and salons. The amended order can be read here.

In summary, the Safer Apart order states that:

Individuals are encouraged to exercise personal responsibility by:

  1. Maintaining 6 feet of separation
  2. Wearing a mask or facial covering
  3. Staying home if sick
  4. Washing hands frequently

Employers are encouraged to exercise personal responsibility by:

  1. Encouraging the use of masks or facial coverings
  2. Maintaining 6 feet of separation between employees or maintaining separation by partitions
  3. Regularly disinfecting
  4. Encouraging handwashing
  5. Preventing sick employees from coming into contact with others

Business owners are encouraged to exercise personal responsibility by:

  1. Encouraging the use of masks or facial coverings
  2. Maintaining six feet of separation between persons from a different household by partitions
  3. Regularly disinfecting.

Please note that local government authorities may impose more stringent COVID-19 related measures, and licensees should check with their local government authorities regarding these more stringent measures and follow any local mandates. Business owners retain the right to set their own, more stringent policies related to COVID-19.

The Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering does not have the authority to impose mandates on our licensees related to COVID-19; therefore, no additional requirements will be imposed by our board.

Governor Ivey has released signage for business owners to encourage employees and patrons to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.