Georgia Board of Cosmetology and Barbers releases guidelines for reopening

The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers released guidelines for reopening salons and spas beginning Friday, April 24, including the requirement for all employees to wear face masks in the workplace. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers released guidelines for reopening salons and spas beginning Friday, April 24, including the requirement for all employees to wear face masks in the workplace. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers released guidelines for reopening salons and spas beginning Friday, April 24, including the requirement for all employees to wear face masks in the workplace. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers released guidelines April 21 for the reopening of Georgia's salons and spas.

These guidelines were released following Gov. Brian Kemp's announcement to reopen some nonessential businesses—including barber shops, hair salons, nail salons and cosmetology schools—beginning Friday, April 24.


Kay Kendrick, chair of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers, said in an April 21 press release from the governor's office that these business owners should use the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's document, "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19," as a guide for reopening.

Some of the guidelines outlined by the board include:

  • daily temperature checks with an infrared, touchless thermometer for employees and clients;

  • use screening questions for employees and clients;

  • limit patrons inside the salon or shop; clients wait outside the salon or shop in their vehicle until the cosmetologist or barber is ready to serve them;

  • maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet;

  • use personal protective equipment, or PPE

  • face masks required for all employees;

  • consider providing face masks to clients;

  • avoid the exchange of cash;

  • disinfect the salon or shop prior to reopening

  • remove all unnecessary items, such as magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other paper products or decor, from reception area; and

  • be flexible with work schedules and salon hours to reduce the number of people at the salon or shop at all times.


A full list of guidelines can be found at the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers' website.