Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated Dec. 4 at 5:35 p.m.

DECEMBER 3, 2020 NOTICE: COVID-19 hospitalizations for Trauma Service Area E triggers mandatory capacity reductions.

Businesses whose occupancy rates were increased to 75% in October through GA-32 are immediately reduced back to 50%. This includes all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries in Dallas County and the other counties comprising TSAE. A full list of affected businesses can be located at These capacity reductions do not affect businesses listed under the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance or covered by other exemptions contained in GA-32.

Executive Order 30 was issued on Sept. 17, 2020 and it expanded occupancy levels for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries, and re-authorizing elective surgeries for a majority of the state of Texas. This order did not change our current local gathering restrictions.

Friday, July 2, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order 29  requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces, with few exceptions, in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.  Effective at 12:01 p.m. on July 3, 2020. Please review Executive Order 29 for details and exceptions. 

The Governor also issued a proclamation amending Executive order GA-28 issued June 26, 2020 relating to mass gatherings in Texas. Effective at 12:01 p.m. on July 3, an outdoor gathering in excess of 10 people is prohibited unless the mayor of the city in which the gathering is held approves of the gathering, and such approval can be made subject to certain conditions or restrictions not inconsistent with this executive order.  Except as provided in this executive order or in the minimum standard health protocols recommended by DSHS, found at, people shall not be in groups larger than 10 and shall maintain six feet of social distancing from those not in their group.

To protect the health and safety of guests and permitted event attendees and in alignment with Executive Order 28, if someone has requested a permit with an attendance over 10, the Convention and Event Services – Office of Special Events is currently working with the requestors to modify their permit application to reschedule to a later date or to elect to cancel their event. We continue to work with our contract health authority, Dallas County, to comply with the Governor’s latest orders. 

For additional information on COVID-19, visit the city’s website.

Stay On Guard Dallas 

Stay On Guard Dallas is a bilingual public awareness campaign, created by the City of Dallas that engages residents, community leaders and organizations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn more.  

Commercial Film Update

Effective June 3, 2020 and revised Oct. 13, 2020,  on-set/on-location media production may operate provided they can ensure at least 6 feet social distancing while working and comply with other safety recommendations. Open Texas Checklist for Media Production – State of Texas – Minimum Standard Health Protocols for Media Production.

  • Limit the number of individuals indoors at any time to 50 percent of the building’s capacity; capacity for production outdoors is subject to the most recent applicable state and local gathering restrictions (10 people) on public or private property.  To the extent feasible, maintain 6 feet spacing between individuals at all times.
  • While filming, no additional visitors, clients, office personnel, or other non-essential personnel associated with the production are allowed.
  • Face masks or fabric face coverings must be worn (over the nose and mouth) by employers, employees, crew, cast (when not on camera) and contractors when on-set even when individuals are practicing social distancing. On camera talent, who are not able to wear a mask while performing, should wear a mask or face covering before and after they complete their performance.

Temporary Parklet Update

Restaurants may operate for dine-in service up to 50 percent of the total listed occupancy inside the restaurant.  Restaurant employees and contractors are not counted towards the occupancy limitation. Outdoor dining is not subject to an occupancy limit.

Click for a complete list of restaurant protocols. The Office of Special Events looks forward to working with you. Please submit a temporary parklet application today

Special Event Permit Update

In alignment with the proclamation amending Executive Order 28, the Office of Special Events is not issuing mass gathering event permits at this time unless there is a specific exemption listed in the Govenor's orders (such as a drive-in event format).

The following checklists may be of interest to you as you plan future outdoor special events:

Open Texas Checklist:  All Employers and Event Organizers - Updated Sept. 17

Open Texas Checklist: Fine Arts Performance Halls - Updated Sept. 17

Open Texas Checklist:  Outdoor Events

Open Texas Checklist:  Outdoor Motorsports Events - Updated Sept. 17

Open Texas Checklist:  Outdoor Sports Participants

Open Texas Checklist:  Rodeo / Equestrian Events - Updated Sept. 17

Open Texas Checklist:  Wedding Reception Venues

Open Texas Checklist:  Wedding Venues

Please visit  for a complete list. 

Neighborhood Market Update

The Office of Special Events continues to issue permits to neighborhood markets. To help limit the spread of the Coronavirus, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) urges farmers market operators to monitor and implement federal, state, and local health guidelines concerning the spread of COVID-19. Please review Coronavirus Farmers Markets Guidance for a complete list of COVID-19 protocols. The Office of Special Events looks forward to working with you. Please submit a neighborhood market application today.