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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Dallas County Judge Issues Order Requiring Face Masks

Couple shopping in grocery store wearing masks for protection.

On June 19, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a supplemental order effective June 24 requiring commercial businesses that provide goods and services to the public to adopt a policy requiring its employees and visitors to wear face coverings where it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The order requires businesses to implement the face mask rule for visitors and employees to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Dallas County. Unless extended, modified or terminated by Judge Jenkins, the order will continue through Aug. 4.

The order recommends individuals 10 years and older to wear a face covering in a public space where social distancing is difficult. Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas or a handkerchief. Individuals who do not wear a face covering are not subject to a civil or criminal penalty.

Face coverings do not need to be worn when:

  • Consuming food or a drink.
  • Exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside.
  • Driving alone or with passengers from the driver’s household.
  • Pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment.
  • In a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, such as a bank.
  • Doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk.

View Dallas County's June 19 Supplemental Order
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