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Dallas, Texas, film production offices permitted to open; on-location shoots still prohibited

The Dallas Film Commission has provided an update about on-location filming and permitting, announcing that:

Phase II of the Governor’s series of Executive Orders to Open Texas was announced yesterday afternoon.  On-location filming is currently still NOT included. 

Follow the latest developments on the Dallas Film Commission website's COVID-19 response page: https://www.dallasfilmcommission.com/covid-19-regulations-apply-to-film-crews/

We are hearing however that there will be additional types of businesses added to Phase II in the coming weeks as it is a multi-step process.  The Governor’s Open Texas Strike Force is still determining safety recommendations and are reviewing information gathered from a stakeholder survey sent out late last week.  We should expect an announcement in the coming weeks about safety requirements and potential return dates for film, television and commercial production.

Additionally, Phase II does allow for offices to open with 25% of occupancy.  If you own or rent a production office, it would be included in this definition as long as the requirements are met.  You can find more information about Phase II openings on the Open Texas website: 


We also understand that the orders mandating quarantine for travelers coming into Texas (listed immediately below) are still in effect.

Update 5/13/20 Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine for Travelers Coming into Texas

Under Governor Abbott’s Executive Order (GA-20), the mandated 14-day self-quarantine for air travelers entering Texas from Louisiana ONLY has been eliminated. Travelers entering Texas by air from the following areas are still subject to the mandatory self-quarantine: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan, and Miami, Florida.


Individuals traveling to Texas — with Texas being their final destination — through an airport from the following areas (see the list below) will be subject to a mandated self-quarantine of 14 days and must complete the Form for Arrivals from Areas Designated for Mandatory Self-Quarantine and abide by the Mandatory Terms of Self-Quarantine.

State of New York, State of New Jersey, State of Connecticut, State of California, State of Washington City of Atlanta, Georgia, City of Chicago, Illinois, City of Detroit, Michigan, City of Miami, Florida

Travelers can print the form above and return a hard-copy of the completed form to a DPS Trooper upon disembarking the plane. Additionally, travelers now have the option to scan the QR code below to complete the travel form electronically. If you choose to complete the form using the QR code, you will receive a confirmation email with your form submission information. You will be required to show this confirmation email, along with your driver license/ID card or passport, upon your arrival in Texas.

Updated 5/4/20

Phase 1 of ‘Open Texas’ began on May 1st and is NOT applicable to on-location film, television and commercial production.

Phase 1 of ‘Open Texas’ is applicable to business establishments and their customers in the following categories: Retail, Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Museums & Libraries, Places of Worship, Outdoor Sports Facilities & Single Person Offices.

In accordance with the protocols outlined in Phase 1 of the ‘Open Texas’ plan, ALL employers will be required to: train employees on appropriate sanitation techniques, provide health screenings for employees upon arrival at work, practice safe distancing measures, provide hand-washing and sanitizing stations and materials, and to suggest the use of masks and face coverings.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of Phase 1 measures and forthcoming announcement(s) pertaining to Phase 2 of the ‘Open Texas’ plan, is expected to take place on or about May 18th.

For additional reference, the Open Texas plan can be found at: gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas

The City of Dallas Office of Special Events will not be issuing any  film or event permits at this time.

City of Dallas, Office of Special Events 3/23 Announcement

Posted 4/30/20

Texas Governor Abbott Issues New Executive Orders – Phase One to Open Texas and Establishes Statewide Minimum Standard Health Protocols

Governor Greg Abbott announced on 4/27/20 the first phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase I, certain services and activities are allowed to open with limited occupancy (25%), and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow. The Governor also outlined special guidance for Texans over 65 and detailed a comprehensive mitigation plan for nursing homes in Texas. The Governor also announced a statewide testing and tracing program developed by DSHS that will help public health officials quickly identify and test Texans who contract COVID-19 and mitigate further spread of the virus.   

The Governor’s announcement is accompanied by Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas.

The previous Stay at Home orders will expire April 30th.  Businesses that will be allowed to reopen this Friday, May 1st with limitations includes: retail, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and libraries.  These businesses are not however required to reopen.  The Governor stated that his orders superseded orders by the county and cities.  While the state did not mandate face masks, they strongly encourage their use and continued social distancing and hand washing.

Please note:  Film production is NOT included in the businesses that are allowed to restart at this time.  We do not yet know when film production will be included and allowed, but we’re told it will not be in May.

Dallas County Issues Extension of “Stay Home Stay Safe” Order

Dallas County Commissioners voted on April 21st to extend the county’s Safer at Home order until May 15th, keeping restrictions in place about which businesses may operate and how large public gatherings may be while advising people to stay at home unless they are conducting “essential business”.  The county reserves the option to either rescinded, amended or extend the order depending on how cases develop in the county in coming weeks.  The county’s declaration, a separate document, is in effect until May 20th.

Essential Businesses/activities:

Updated March 30, 2020 – City of Dallas FAQs

Be safe out there… and wash your hands please!

More info, City of Dallas: dallascityhall.com/coronavirus More info, Dallas County: Dallas County-covid-19 More info, State of Texas: Governor’s Office/coronavirus More info, CDC – Center for Disease Control & Prevention More info, Dallas film/event permits: Dallas Office of Special Events