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May 12, 2021 - Governor Carney updates COVID-19 Order eliminating most business capacity restrictions effective May 21st:

  • All capacity restrictions inside restaurants, retail, gyms, other business establishments and houses of worship will be lifted. Facilities can use as much capacity as social distancing requirements will allow.
  • Masks will still be required indoors to prevent spread of COVID-19. 
  • Outdoors, Delawareans should follow masking guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Risk for COVID-19 spread increases in large crowds that include unvaccinated people. In those cases, the CDC recommends that everyone continue to wear a mask. 
  • Social distancing requirements will move from 6 feet to 3 feet.
  • Customers must continue to remain seated indoors and outdoors at bars and restaurants unless a plan for dance floors and other areas is approved by DPH. 
  • Events over 250 people indoors and outdoors will still require plan approval from DPH to ensure compliance with basic precautions to prevent spread of COVID-19.


May 13, 2021 - Newest CDC guidance: Vaccinated Americans may go without masks in most places


May 17, 2021 - AOA Health Policy Institute - Face Mask Information (updated) 

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including May 13, 2021 recommendations for wearing a mask or physically distancing to protect individuals from COVID-19 disease, are intended to help individuals make decisions about daily activities after being fully vaccinated but they are not intended for health care settings. The AOA Health Policy Institute has updated its face mask information in a newly updated brief.

July 9, 2021 - AOA Health Policy Institute - Important Update

The eye as a route of exposure of many respiratory infections and close working distance, places optometrists in a unique and more vulnerable position in primary care. With the rise of the Delta variant, the possibility for additional variants of concern, low total U.S. population vaccination rates and the latest CDC reported rise of non-SARS CoV-2 respiratory viruses, the extended use of PPE in the clinical optometry setting is here to stay, for at least the foreseeable future. HPI will continue to update its publication Updated Eye Protection, Face Mask and Contingency Planning for Doctors of Optometry and Their Staff in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” according to verified sources.

The latest, July 7, 2021 update can be found here.



  • July 12, 2021 @ 9pm: Provider Relief Funds Reporting requirements webinar. Register HERE.



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