Dallas County Orders Commercial Entities Require Face Coverings

June 23, 2020

On June 19, 2020, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a Supplemental Executive Order requiring commercial entities in Dallas County that provide goods or services to the public create and execute a health and safety policy (the “Policy”) requiring all employees and visitors over the age of 10 wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when six feet of separation is difficult or impossible.  The Policy may include additional COVID-19 safety measures, such as temperature checks or health screenings, and must be posted in a conspicuous location.  Failure to develop and implement the Policy within five calendar days of June 19, 2020 may result in a fine not to exceed $500 per violation.  Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following instances:

  • When engaging in a physical activity or exercising outside;
  • While driving by oneself or with passengers of the same household as the driver;
  • When wearing a face covering poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk;
  • While operating outdoor equipment or pumping gas;
  • While in a place or engaging in an activity that requires security surveillance or screening (e.g. banks); or
  • When consuming food or drink. 

Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or handkerchiefs.  It is strongly recommended that medical masks or N-95 respirators be reserved for health care providers and first responders.  While in public, all Dallas County residents should maintain the following COVID-19 safety habits:

  • Washing hands before leaving home and upon return;
  • Staying at least six feet from others;
  • Avoiding contact with the face or nose;
  • Not using disposable masks more than three times; and
  • Washing reusable cloth masks regularly.

In keeping with Governor Greg Abbott’s previous Executive Orders, no civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering.