The Mississippi Board of Cosmetology has heard the concerns of salon owners throughout the state about the national emergency we now face. The COVID-19 virus presents an extreme risk of person-to-person transmission throughout Mississippi. Governor Tate Reeves asked the people of the State of Mississippi to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control on social distancing to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, Governor Tate Reeves issued an executive order directing all state agencies to cooperate in actions and measures taken in response to COVID-19. The Board recommends that all salons that choose to stay open follow the guidance of the CDC and OSHA. Please encourage employees and customers who have symptoms to stay home and isolate. Do not allow more than ten people to gather in your salon at any one time. Please maintain social distance wherever possible and ask your elderly clients and clients with health issues to postpone their trips to the salon. We believe these are necessary steps to protect the health of our professionals, customers, and of all Mississippians.