Board of Barber


COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions


Below are questions to frequently asked questions about the impact of the novel coronavirus on barbers and barbershops. If you have additional questions, please contact us.


Have shops been ordered to close?


Effective Wednesday, March 25, at 5:00 PM, all shops must close. In addition, some local governments (city or county) have ordered shops in that jurisdiction to close sooner. For example, shops in Wake County had to close by 8:00 AM on Monday, March 23.


For more information, please see Executive Order 120.


How long must the shop remain closed?


The order is for 30 days from March 25. According to our calculations, that would mean that shops must remain closed through April 24, unless the order is extended or a local jurisdiction requires a longer period for shops to be closed.


Was it the board that issue the order to close?


No, it was the governor. The board doesn't have the ability to order this kind of shutdown.


What is the penalty for the shop remaining open during the shutdown?


The executive order indicates that violators may be subject to prosecution for a class 2 misdemeanor. Any enforcement of that penalty would be done by local law enforcement, not the board.


Can I cut hair from home or in people's homes during the shutdown?


Only if the individual is a family member. "Family member" means a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild.


If an individual cuts the hair of non-family members outside of a barber shop, he or she is subject to penalties and fees that range from $365 to $665 for each offense. In addition, it's a class 3 misdemeanor.


Can my shop still charge me booth rent?


Unfortunately, the board doesn't have any authority over whether shops continue to charge rent during the shutdown. It's possible that by calling 211, barbers can be connected with resources for rent assistance. However, this may only be for residential rent.


Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?


Since the board doesn't administer those benefits, we would refer barbers to the Department of Commerce for applications and questions. The website is


Other questions?


  • If you have questions that are specifically about barber regulations and their relationship to COVID-19, please see our contact page for information on how to reach us.
  • If you have questions about COVID-19 that aren't specifically about barber regulations, please see the NCDHHS website.




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North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners

7001 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-7000

(919) 814-0640