What you need to know to film in Dallas related to Covid-19 (updated December 7, 2020):

  • Open Texas Media Production Guideline – Governor Abbott has opened Texas to Media Production. Click HERE for the Checklist for Media Production – Minimum Standard Health Protocols, for on-set/on-location production (revised October 13, 2020).
  • Gathering Restrictions – The Governor’s orders limit number of individuals gathering and can vary depending on an area’s current hospital capacity.  Dallas is currently at no more than 50% of the building’s capacity for indoors;  capacity for production outdoors is limited to gatherings of no more than 10 individuals.  Multiple groups of 10 people using a pod or zone-based safety plan that allows for social distancing between groups during the entire production may be allowed. Additional municipal restrictions may applicable.
  • Exemptions to the gathering limits may be possible from the Mayor (if within city borders) or from a County Judge (for unincorporated areas) on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact our office regarding potential exemptions in the Dallas area – film@visitdallas.com.   Click HERE for the Governor’s proclamation.
  • Production Registration – The Texas Film Commission requests all productions to complete a “Texas Production Registration Form” as part of an effort to effectively communicate health and safety parameters for productions taking place in Texas.  Click HERE for the form.
  • The Dallas Office of Special Events is issuing permits.  There may be additional restrictions depending on the location/situation.  Permit requirements & the application form can be found HERE.  Permits are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and primarily follow the Governor’s orders.  While filming, no additional visitors, clients, office personnel, or other non-essential personnel associated with the production are allowed on set. Individuals should, to the extent feasible, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others. Face masks or fabric face coverings should always be worn by employers, employees, crew, cast (when not on camera) and contractors when on-set even when individuals are practicing social distancing.
  • Travel Restrictions – Texas currently has no air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The airports may however be conducting temperature checks.  *Productions are also advised to stay updated on any travel restrictions that may be put in place for cast or crew traveling to or from Texas.  Click HERE for more information.
  • Dallas County Amended: Effective June 19, 2020, all commercial entities in Dallas County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy. The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings.  Click HERE for additional information.


Other suggested guidelines:



Please note: we’ve added a Health / Safety category to our online directory.  Below are some of the added categories.  We are working to get additional companies and individuals registered.

If you are a local crew member or vendor interested in listing in the categories above, please go to our Production Directory to register.  We do require certification to list in some of these categories.