Smocks & Clips / May 2020

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May 15, 2020       


Message from the Executive Director

To our barbers, cosmetologists, salon/shop owners and consumers,

Your safety and well-being has and will always be important to us. The Maryland Boards of Barbers and Cosmetologists have collaborated with several states to ensure that all reopening guidelines are uniform and achievable. The governor's executive order only allows hair services to be performed. It does not allow nail services, esthetic services and other non-hair services at this time during phase one.

Please use this newsletter as a reference for reopening salons. As always, we are here to help you and we will get through this together.

Erica Lewis
Executive Director

Barbering and Cosmetology Services Set to Resume in Maryland

salon chairs

On May 13, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan announced the replacement of Maryland’s stay-at-home order with a safer-at-home alternative as part of the first phase of reopening the state. As a result, barbershops and hair salons may resume operations at 5 p.m. Friday, May 15 under new guidelines designed to promote safety and continued social distancing. Shops and salons are permitted to operate by appointment only and up to 50% of their full capacity. Read the governor’s executive order online. A summary of best practices for reopening personal services can also be found online.

It is important to note that the state has given local jurisdictions the authority to enter phase one of reopening at their own pace. Check the website of your local jurisdiction to obtain up-to-date information.

Photo Credit: Tammy Ehrbaker, Maryland Board of Cosmetologists board member

Boards Issue Sanitation Guidelines and Checklist for Reopening

The Maryland Boards of Barbers and Cosmetologists have prepared a reopening sanitation checklist for barbershops and hair salons to follow while preparing to open and operate. The boards suggest posting the checklist in a conspicuous location inside each business so that it is clearly visible to all patrons and employees. Download a copy of the checklist from our website.

Filing Unemployment Claims Using the Maryland Department of Labor’s Website

On Friday, April 24, Labor launched BEACON, a new, One-Stop unemployment insurance application to allow Marylanders to file claims for ALL unemployment programs entirely online. This includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, and those who were previously required to file by phone like federal employees, members of the military, individuals who have worked in multiple states, and those who have worked for more than three employers in the last 18 months. Please visit the BEACON website to learn more and review the FAQ.

If you have questions about unemployment, please visit our Unemployment Insurance webpage which contains important information and FAQs that will be updated frequently. Additionally, please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses webpage as an important resource. It includes an FAQ that will also be updated regularly.

Contact Us

The offices of the Maryland Boards of Barbers and Cosmetologists currently have limited access to the public. Please be patient with us, as it may take longer than usual to respond to voicemails and e-mails. E-mails are preferable to phone calls at this time. We can be reached using our contact pages for telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of individual staff members, or you may send your concerns to our general e-mail address and your message will be routed to the appropriate person.

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