Office of Massage Therapy Licensure: News



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CDPHE Public Health Order, Closing Non-Essential Public Services Through April 30, 2020

On March 19, 2020, Governor Jared Polis announced a number of state actions to further address the spread and impact of COVID-19. Among those actions is an updated order from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) mandating that all businesses conducting “nonessential personal services” close to entry, exit, use, and occupancy by members of the public through April 30, 2020.

This order, effective immediately, impacts DORA licensees in the Barber/Cosmetology and Massage Therapy fields. Hair stylists, nail technicians, barbers, estheticians, cosmetologists, massage therapists, and shop owners in the barber/cosmetology industry licensed by the Division of Professions and Occupations are impacted.

Updated Public Health Order 20-22 defines nonessential personal services as “services and products that are not necessary to maintain an individual’s health or safety, or the sanitation or essential operation of a business or residence. Nonessential personal services include, but are not limited to, hair or nail salons, spas, or tattoo or massage parlors.”

The order strictly mandates closure of businesses falling under the definition of “non-essential personal services,” and not individuals who provide these services outside of a business; however, DORA strongly recommends all licensed professionals adhere to CDPHE’s guidance regarding social distancing. Under this guidance, individuals are advised not to invite visitors or non-essential service workers into their homes. 

The CDPHE order also includes previous statewide closures of other multiple business types, including bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, casinos, and other nonessential personal services facilities in Colorado in an effort to protect and preserve the public health. The Order has been deemed necessary to control any potential transmission of disease to others and to avoid overwhelming the state’s healthcare system.

Licensees should check their email and the DORA COVID-19 Updates for Licensees and Consumers site for additional updates, as they become available.

General information on symptoms, testing, prevention, quarantine measures and more related to the Coronavirus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and CDPHE websites.



Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - February 28, 2020

The Office of Massage Therapy Licensure will hold a Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to offer the last chance for public comment and testimony before the Director considers adopting the proposed new Rule 1.13, to implement House Bill 19-1174 (HB19-1174). This new legislation establishes disclosure requirements to cover persons regarding the potential effects of receiving emergency or nonemergency services from an out-of-network provider.   

Current Rule

  • A copy of HB19-1174 and the current rule are available for download



New Surprise/Balance Billing Disclosure Form

As part of the implementation of House Bill 19-1174 Out-of-network Surprise Billing, the Division of Professions and Occupations is providing a sample disclosure form that meets the requirements of the bill and associated Rules adopted by the Division's Director.

Disclosure form



Joint Stakeholder Meeting - January 28, 2020

The Office of Acupuncture Licensure, the Office of Athletic Trainer Licensure, the Office of Audiology Licensure, the Office of Direct-Entry Midwifery Registration, the Office of Hearing Aid Provider Licensure, the Office of Massage Therapy Licensure, the Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration, the Office of Occupational Therapy, the Office of Respiratory Therapy Licensure, the Office of Surgical Assistant and Surgical Technologist Registration, and the Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification held another Joint Stakeholder Meeting on January 28, 2020, to receive additional input on the implementation of Colorado House Bill 19-1174 (HB19-1174). This legislation establishes disclosure requirements to cover persons about the potential effects of receiving emergency or nonemergency services from an out-of-network provider or at an out-of-network facility. 

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Draft Rules

  • A copy of the emergency rules that took effect on January 1, 2020, and HB19-1174 are available for download.