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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:
We encourage anyone who believes they may be eligible to apply. Visit pua.unemployment.ohio.gov and click the button that says “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/find-local-health-districts.
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 Ohiocos@cos.ohio.gov. 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.
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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 www.cos.ohio.gov 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning the Board at (614) 466-3834.