DPO COVID-19 Guidance and Emergency Regulations

Statewide COVID-19 Guidance:

COVID-19 Vaccines are the safest, most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants and to help avoid the worst outcomes (severe illness, hospitalizations and death) among those who become infected. Anyone aged 6 months and older can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone aged 6 months and older who have completed a COVID-19 primary vaccine series can get an omicron dose, including people who have received any number of original booster doses. People should get their omicron vaccine at least two months after their most recent dose - either their completed primary series or booster dose. Fine out where you can get vaccinated using the COVID-19 Vaccination Guide.

It is important that businesses and professionals continue to be aware of best-practice recommendations and current requirements concerning COVID-19:

  • As allowed under state law, owners, operators and managers of any business or service may, at their discretion, continue to require people entering or within their locations to wear masks or show proof of full vaccination. Review Executive Order D 2021 122, Section II.D for more information.

  • While it is no longer mandated by state law, the wearing of masks, improving ventilation and maintaining hand and cough hygiene are effective ways to keep you, your employees and customers safe from COVID-19 and other illnesses.

  • Guidance Documents from the Division of Professions and Occupations are available for Salons/Spas, Massage Therapy, Dentists/Dental Hygienists and Mental Health that contain information from expired public health and executive orders, but continue to be useful as "best-practice guides". Visit CDPHE's COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses and Communities webpage for additional best-practice recommendations.

Licensees must continue to adhere to all applicable laws, rules and policies related to their profession. We appreciate your partnership and cooperation since the onset of the pandemic and join you in looking toward a bright future for our state.

Emergency Regulations:

Based on Executive Order D 2021 122, which was amended and extended by Executive Order D 2023 001, the Interim Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations has the authority to promulgate emergency rules for multiple professions to expand the workforce personnel available to provide healthcare services during the recovery from COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado.

The rules below were adopted by the Interim Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations on January 9, 2023, regarding temporary licensure and/or scope expansion, including delegation and vaccination administration, pursuant to Executive Order D 2021 122, which was amended and extended by Executive Order D 2023 001.

For more information please visit the home pages for the corresponding professions below: