All businesses which serve the public must require face masks indoors for visitors and employees

Author: Eline de Bruijn
Source: WFAA on August 11, 2021

DALLAS — Dallas County issued an emergency mask order Wednesday following a judge’s ruling that local leaders could require masks as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. An executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott previously prevented mask mandates.

Face masks will be required inside most businesses, schools and Dallas County buildings. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins signed the order Wednesday afternoon.

“The most important thing, obviously, is that everyone gets vaccinated as soon as possible,” Jenkins said during the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

What to know about the new mask order:

  • Order goes into effect Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • Masks required indoors for all teachers, staff, students and visitors regardless of vaccination status except children under 2 years old
  • All businesses which serve the public must require face masks indoors for visitors and employees
  • Face masks are required in all Dallas County buildings, regardless of vaccination status

Rules for businesses
Businesses that fail to comply within three calendar days may result in a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each violation, Jenkins said. They must post signage of the face mask requirement.

Rules for schools
Schools must require masks indoors for students from pre-K through 12th grade. They’re also required at all child care centers, except for children 2 years old and under.

For more information, go to https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19.