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Cosmetology and Barber Board Announcements

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program is one of three new federal programs made possible by the CARES Act. It provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who historically have not qualified for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed workers, 1099 tax filers, part-time workers, and those who lack sufficient work history. Individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment and any federal and state extensions also may be eligible. To be eligible, individuals must not qualify for regular unemployment benefits and must meet one of the following circumstances: 

  • The individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is experiencing symptoms and is seeking medical diagnosis.
  • A member of the individual’s household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • The individual is providing care for a family member or member of the household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • A child or other person in the household for which the individual has primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 emergency, and the school or care is required for the individual to work.
  • The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because a healthcare professional has advised him or her to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • The individual was scheduled to commence employment and does not have a job or is unable to reach the job as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • The individual has become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • The individual has quit his/her job as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • The individual’s place of employment is closed as a direct result of COVID-19.

We encourage anyone who believes they may be eligible to apply. Visit and click the button that says “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.” 


Responsible Restart Ohio - Tanning - Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Responsible Restart Ohio - Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board has developed a brief video reviewing the Responsible RestartOhio guidelines for those who are licensed by the Board.  Additionally, the recommended best practices in the guidelines suggested each business place a sign on their door to communicate to their clients that thorough sanitation procedures are in place, and that service will not be provided to clients exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. This recommended signage was developed for your use in consultation with the Ohio Department of Health. 


Personal Services Fact Sheet - Thursday, May 7, 2020

Governor DeWine has announced that our industry can reopen on May 15 utilizing the guidelines developed by the Personal Services Working Group.  Additional information will be shared by the Board in the near future.


Stay Safe Ohio Order - Friday, May 1, 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health has issued a "Stay Safe Ohio Order." The new order, which incorporates the openings of businesses and services announced as part of the Responsible Restart Ohio plan, will replace the previous "Stay at Home" order, which expires at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

The "Stay Safe Ohio Order" is available on Ohio's Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.


Governor DeWine announces members of the personal services advisory group - Friday, May 1, 2020

Governor DeWine announced members of the personal services advisory group who will develop and recommend best practices for reopening hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy locations, and tanning facilities throughout the state.  A list of individuals serving on the personal services advisory group can be found here.  Members of the advisory group were identified by relevant business associations, along with Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder, Senate President Larry Obhof, House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, and Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko.


PPEs Needed - Monday, March 30, 2020

The Board understands that the Coronavirus has had a significant impact on your personal and professional livelihoods as well as your family. We are thankful that you are helping protect the health of fellow Ohioans by staying home. As you may have heard our hospitals are currently overwhelmed as the demand for PPE has increased to care for the many that have been affected. We are asking for you to donate any unopened boxes of gloves and/or masks. In retrieving the supplies you would not be in violation of the order to close, but please act in accordance with the precautions of instructed social distancing. We would ask for these supplies to be delivered to your local health department and you can find the nearest to your location at this link:


Unauthorized Endorsement - Sunday, March 15, 2020

You may have received a communication from Mr. Jeff Geisinger that may be read to imply that the Board has endorsed a product to combat coronavirus. We would like to remind you that the Board does not recommend or endorse any products.



In our attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Board staff is only available by email at  You may also consult our staff directory located under the “For the Public” tab above if you are attempting to reach a specific staff member.

All exams are suspended until further notice.


Barber School Exam Overview - Private Schools

The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board announces a Barber School Exam Overview for Private Schools 
will be held on Monday, June 8th, 2020 at
10:00 a.m.
via Skype. Meeting Agenda

About the Board

Am. Sub. H.B. 49 was signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich on July 1, 2017, which created the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board (COS), effective January 21, 2018. This newly formed agency will continue the work of the former Boards through the effective licensing and regulation of Cosmetology, branches of cosmetology, Barbering, and Tanning Services.  Over the next few months, the new Board will be working hard to improve workflow, application processing, examination services, and updating rules.  Licensees are encouraged to regularly visit the Board’s website to obtain a variety of information on the Board’s activities, including meeting minutes, meeting announcements, rule filings, and frequently asked questions.  Questions relating to the new Board can be sent by email to or by telephoning the Board at (614) 466-3834.