Barbershops, Hair Stylists, and Nail Shops Can Open for Business in Hillsborough County

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update No. 105

Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 11, 2020) - Beginning today (Monday, May 11), Hillsborough County residents may resume getting professional haircuts, manicures, and similar personal cosmetology services under a new Executive Order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

During their semi-weekly meeting, members of the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group heard a summary of Executive Order 20-120, which allows holders of state-issued barber or cosmetology licenses to provide services at establishments that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures. These licenses include Barber, Restricted Barber, Cosmetologist, Nail Specialist, Facial Specialist, Full Specialist, Hair Braider, Hair Wrapper, and Body Wrapper.

In accordance with the order, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation mandates these services can only be provided under these restrictions:

  • All services are by appointment only.
  • Establishments must allow 15 minutes between appointments for proper disinfecting.
  • No group appointments are permitted.
  • Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services.

In addition, barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons are encouraged to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect prior to reopening. Make sure to disinfect all surfaces, tools and linens, even if they were cleaned before the facility originally closed. This type of cleaning should continue between each day of operation.
  • Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointments.
  • Remove all unnecessary, frequently-touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.

Also during Wednesday's Emergency Policy Group meeting, County Commission Chairman Lesley "Les" Miller Jr. again strongly urged residents, for their health and safety as well as those around them, to continue practicing social distancing, follow signage and markings in stores, avoid large gatherings, and wear face coverings while around others in public.


The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group is comprised of three County Commissioners, the mayors from the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace, the Sheriff, and Chairman of the School Board. Authority is granted by Article 8 of the Florida Constitution, Section 125.66 and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes. Hillsborough County enacted Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances and Laws Chapter 22, Article II, Sections 22-23 in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the County's residents during declared emergencies.

The next EPG meeting is scheduled Thursday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Other Hillsborough County News

New Hours for Medical Supply Donations - Starting Tuesday, May 12, Hillsborough County's medical donations site has new hours of operation but the same mission: collecting badly needed supplies to protect health care workers and others dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus. As the County begins to carefully reopen services and locations, the site had adjusted hours to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The site is accepting new in the box or unused medical grade personal protection equipment: face shields, surgical masks, N95 masks, Tyvek suits, and exam gloves. Also, homemade masks in all sizes are needed for non-clinical staff and patients. Supplies can be dropped off at the former Sears Automotive shop at 250 Westshore Plaza in Tampa.

Nutrition and Financial IQ = Prizes - The Hillsborough County Extension Service is hosting a Nutrition & Finance Hump Day Kahoot Challenge presented by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. This live, interactive competition will offer fun facts on nutrition and personal finance with prizes for the top three scores. The challenge is scheduled Wednesday, May 20, at 11 a.m. Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

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