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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Dallas County Orders Face Coverings Be Worn in Public

Woman wears pink fabric face mask outdoors.

On April 16, Dallas County amended its Safer at Home order to include the guideline all persons over the age of 2 wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when patronizing an essential business or using public transportation, taxis or ride shares. The order takes effect 11:59 p.m. April 17, and continues until 11:59 p.m. April 30. 

The order encourages, to the greatest extent possible, that nonmedical employees who work at essential businesses wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while performing their work. 

Acceptable face coverings include:

  • Homemade cloth covering
  • Scarf
  • Bandana
  • Tightly woven fabric, such as cotton t-shirts.

The covering can be secured with ties, straps, or simply wrapped around the lower face. Cloth coverings should be made in accordance with CDC guidance. View the FAQs document from Dallas County on face coverings.

Staying home is the best way to help reduce the spread of the virus. Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining 6-foot social distancing and hand washing. Cloth face coverings are not intended for use by healthcare workers, first responders, and others whose work requires close contact with people who are ill. Medical grade (N95) and surgical masks should be reserved and used only by medical professionals and first responders.

A face covering or mask is not required:

  • When riding in a personal vehicle.
  • When engaging in outdoor activity.
  • When eating.
  • When wearing a covering poses a greater risk to mental or physical health, such as anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
  • Children under the age of 2.
  • Children of any age with breathing problems, such as asthma.

Children between the ages of 2 and 9 should a mask only under adult supervision to avoid choking or suffocation. All COVID-19 Suspected Positives, those currently being tested, untested individuals with cough and/or fever, and their household members cannot leave their residence without a mask or cloth face covering. To the greatest extent possible:

  • All individuals working for an essential business must wear a mask or cloth face covering whenever in public and whenever performing job duties in the presence of others. 
  • Employers shall provide employees with a mask or face covering. 

An owner or operator of an essential business may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear face covering.

View the Amended Order
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