Governor Dewine has declared a state of emergency related to COVID-19 in Ohio. For real-time information regarding COVID-19, please go to:
Anyone with questions on coronavirus is urged to call the ODH Coronavirus Hotline at 1-833-4ASKODH (427-5634).

Cosmetology and Barber Board Announcements

Executive Order 2020-11D - Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In response to the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board's passage of an emergency rule to allow our cosmetology and barber students to continue their education in a distance learning environment, Governor Mike DeWine today issued Executive Order 2020-11D which permits this emergency rule to take effect today, April 8, 2020.  The Executive Order allows for the rule to be in place for 120 days.


Stay at Home Order Extended - Thursday, April 2, 2020

Today Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, extended the stay at home orders as a result of COVID-19 until 11:59 pm on May 1, 2020.  You can view this order here.

Updates to the new order include: 

  • The creation of a dispute resolution process for situations where two local health departments have come to a different conclusion on what is or is not an essential business. 
  • The requirement that essential businesses determine and enforce a maximum number of customers allowed in a store at one time.  These businesses must ensure that people waiting to enter the stores maintain safe social distancing.
  • Direction that travelers arriving to Ohio should self-quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions include persons who live and work in trans-border areas, heath care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Ohio if they are displaying symptoms, excepting in certain circumstances for medical care. 
  • The mandate that wedding receptions be limited to no more than 10 people.
  • A clarification to close campgrounds with the exception where a camper or recreational vehicle in a campground serves as a citizen's permanent residence and they are unable to secure safe alternative housing.
  • The requirement that public swimming pools and swimming pools at private clubs or housing complexes close to prevent transmission of COVID-19.  This does not apply to private residential pools. 
  • The clarification that retail garden centers can remain open but should determine and enforce a reduced capacity to keep customers and employees safe.
  • The closure of day camps for children.
  • The prohibition of organized youth and adult sports. 
  • The clarification that fishing is permitted if proper social distancing is practiced.

For those interested in temporary employment opportunities, there are essential jobs where employees are desperately needed.  You can search for these job postings.


PPEs Needed and Unemployment Compensation Benefits Update - 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:

With regard to unemployment benefits that many of you have inquired about, I am happy to inform you that due to federal law changes, independent contractors are now eligible for these benefits.  You can set up an account  by visiting  You will be able to apply once the updates for independent contractor benefits have been made. Please be patient as the system is overwhelmed due to the Coronavirus pandemic but know that you are covered.


Governor's Daily Briefings - Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Video of the Governor's daily briefings can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page

The Ohio Channel will make these briefings available in numerous languages, including Spanish, within a few hours after each update is complete. A list of all available press conferences can be found under the "Video" tab, and translations are ready when the "CC" symbol for closed captioning is visible the lower right of the player.

To choose a language for subtitles, first click on the "CC" symbol in the lower right of the player, select the settings icon (the gear next to the CC button), and choose the subtitles/CC option. Click the "auto translate" option and choose your preferred language for closed captioning.

For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.


Student Loans - Monday, March 23, 2020

Should you have a federally held student loan, please see this important information from the US Department of Education.  Should you have any questions, please contact your loan servicer by phone or online.


Stay at Home Order - Monday, March 23, 2020

The Director of Health's Stay at Home Order can be viewed here. Governor DeWine announced the closure of child care except for licensed Temporary Pandemic Child Care (TPCC) providers.  This will go into effect Thursday, March 26, 2020. Healthcare workers, including clinicians, nurses, and other support staff, will be given priority access to the child careFor a listing of currently licensed TPCC providers, please visit the Department of Job and Family Services website here.  Additionally, if you would like to become a licensed Temporary Pandemic Child Care provider, more information is available here


Governor's Directive - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

By order of Governor Mike DeWine, ALL salons, day spas, nail salons, barbershops, and tanning facilities are to close.  This includes services that may be delivered in the customer’s home or in the home of the licensee.  Operations should cease by the end of March 18, 2020. 


Unemployment Compensation - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Should you have any questions regarding your eligibility or how to file for unemployment compensation, please visit  or call 1-877-644-6562.


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 or by phone at 614-466-3834.  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.


Board Meeting

The next scheduled Board Meeting for The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board
will be held on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
at the Riffe Tower
77 South High Street, 31st Floor,
Room South B & C
Columbus, OH 43215

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.