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Optometry NOT Limited to 10 in a Facility 

May 5, 2020 -- Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued an amended version of the Safer at Home Public Health Order (PHO) 20-28. COA is delighted to announce that the new version removes optometry from the Limited Healthcare Settings definition. That means the original requirement announced last week of only 10 in a facility for optometry is no longer required. It is still a requirement for other professions and services. Thanks to our lobby team, which worked behind the scenes to help make this change happen.     

By removing optometry from the Limited Healthcare Settings area, we are again grouped into the medical care segment which is a critical business.  All of the standard employer requirements still apply including social distancing when possible, wearing of masks, cleaning protocols, etc.    

A few additional changes in the amended order include:   

  • More flexibility for employee symptom checks (including a self-assessment to be done at home prior to coming to the worksite if not practicable to do checks on site), particularly for employers that have more than 50 employees at any site 
  • Refers to OSHA industry standards for PPE requirements 
  • Clarifies that services provided at the direction of a medical, dental or veterinary provider are subject to the requirements of PHO 20-29 (voluntary and elective procedures) versus PHO 20-28 (Safer at Home) 


This is a rapidly evolving situation and COA remains committed to helping our members with resources to weather this situation. This page is being updated constantly, and we are working to provide the most update to date information in the cleaniest way so that you can make the most informed decisions for you, your office, and your patients.