Dallas Reopening Plan: News & Guidelines on Restaurants Opening & More

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As you venture into just about any business or public space these days, it may be difficult to see a huge difference between the pre-COVID-19 world and the current state of the pandemic. Cases and hospital stays are on the rise, the governor has started berating 20 people for failing to take the threat seriously, and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is warning bars to adhere to stricter safety enforcement policies or risk losing their alcohol permits for at least a year to lose 30 days. Some experts warn that current behavior could result in not only a surge this fall, but also a potentially more restrictive lockdown than the first. If you’ve followed the color-coded guidelines for health risks issued by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, you’ll find that we’re still in the red “High Community Risk for COVID-19 Transmission Risk” category, the worst of four . Even if we hit the green New Normal Community Risk for COVID 19, it will hardly be a reality that we remember. Yet many citizens pretend we’re already there.

The ever-changing policies, disputes between local, state, and national government officials over how to safely reopen, and the advancing science of how the virus is spreading all create a huge, confusing mess. Some people have chosen to completely ignore any warnings in order to expose themselves and others to unnecessary risk, while others may be against the instructions of the state due to a lack of knowledge. For the avoidance of doubt, here is the latest update on the Open Information and Policies to help you navigate the new Dallas as safely as possible.

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As part of current orders, all restaurants can currently increase their dining rooms to 75% of the listed occupancy and full capacity patios with tables configured so that there is a minimum of six feet between groups of no more than six people. The menus must be disposable and the condiments must be provided in disposable portions. In the Miriam Cocina Latina, in the Lockhart Smokehouse, in the il Bracco, in the Toller Patio and in the Malibu Poke, guests can enjoy their favorite dishes again in person. All dining rooms and / or courtyards have been reopened. Meanwhile, dozens of restaurants, including LOCAL and Asian Mint, have chosen to keep pick-up-and-delivery-only options for now. And unfortunately, dozens more have closed permanently as a direct result of the initial shutdown.


Starting Wednesday June 3rd, bars will have permission to increase capacity to 50% as long as all guests are seated. Several bars started asap, including Lee Harveys and Kung Fu Saloon, which opened exactly at midnight when the 25% capacity guidelines were issued. Others that are open now are Parliament, Brizo, Happiest Hour, and Lakewood Landing. TABC will be in place to ensure the bars comply with current guidelines. Meanwhile, a wait and see approach has delayed the opening of popular bars in the LGBT entertainment district (Sue Ellens, JR’s Bar & Grill, TMC, Dallas Woodys, and Round-Up Saloon) while Station 4 and Alexandre’s remain closed.

movie theater

By order of the governor, movie theaters can be 50% open with two seats between the parties and any other free row, but no theater in Dallas has chosen that. One of the reasons is the lack of products as the movie studios have postponed many major summer releases until later in the summer, fall, and even through 2021 and beyond. One of the first theaters to reopen in North Texas is Strike + Reel, which draws visitors with $ 4 tickets to current releases and all time classics. However, customers can support other smaller establishments such as Alamo Drafthouse, The Texas Theater and Angelika Film Center, as well as the big chain’s AMC, through online screenings of their films. And Studio Movie Grill gives customers something to look forward to with two free movie tickets when the theaters reopen with every take-away order. In the meantime, business for the Galaxy Drive-in in Ennis is booming with some modifications, such as: B. Single or double functions. Everyone must stay in their vehicle, and guests can bring their own food and drink for now while the concession booth remains closed.

Professional sport

According to the latest information from the governor’s office, professional basketball, baseball, auto racing, soccer, golf, softball, and tennis leagues can apply to the Department of State Health Services for approval to host professional sporting events in Texas. Spectators can now take part in both indoor and outdoor games with 50% of regular seating capacity or 50% of normal operating limits.Perot Museum of Nature and SciencePerot Museum of Nature and Science | Philip Lange / Shutterstock

Museums and libraries

The Texas government now allows both museums and libraries to be used at 50%. Currently, no museums or libraries in Dallas have chosen to reopen. The Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and Crow Museum of Asian Art are temporarily closed, but all offer a virtual option online.

Public room

Popular outdoor hangouts, Klyde Warren Park and White Rock Lake Park, have reopened, although some services such as children’s play areas will remain closed. Hiking, biking, and hiking trails are also currently accessible, including those in the Great Trinity Forest. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, as well as the Dallas Zoo, have also reopened to the general public after being closed longer than some other venues.


Anyone can walk from the couch to a gym, all of which are about 50% busy, improving their cleaning and sanitizing protocol. VIVE Fitness, Journey Fit, both Equinox locations, and Lifetime Fitness are among dozens of other brands, all of which have reopened with social distancing for showers, steam rooms, saunas, and lockers. Meanwhile, 24 Hour Fitness has closed 11 locations in North Texas after filing for bankruptcy.

Sport and recreation

Non-contact sports can now take place outdoors, but cannot have more than 10 participants. Golf, driving ranges, and tennis centers have reopened across the city, as have bowling alleys and ice rinks, including all pinstack locations, while venues like Topgolf in Dallas and all city-run public swimming pools remain closed.Nail salon face masksYulyazolotko / Shutterstock

Personal services

Providers in nail salons, hairdressing shops, cosmetic and hairdressing salons can work with a minimum distance of two meters between the stations. Tanning salons and massage providers can also be reopened with thorough cleaning protocols between customers.


Those in desperate need of retail therapy can return to non-essential stores that have reopened at 50% of total listed occupancy and offer pickup and delivery services to their customers. Shopping centers may also be 50% full. The food court dining areas are now open, with social distancing between tables and a designated employee cleaning and enforcing guidelines.

Amusement parks

Amusement parks have received the green light to reopen with 50% capacity. Six Flags Over Texas will reopen to season pass holders on Friday June 19 and to the general public on Monday June 22. Water parks are subject to the same policies and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor will reopen on Thursday June 18 for season pass holders and Monday June 22 for everyone else. Many smaller water parks have already started reopening, and several more are coming back this weekend.

Event space for visual arts

For anyone missing out on a cultural experience that isn’t limited to Netflix or live zoom appearances, there is good news. Arts events can now reopen at 50% capacity, but all regional performance groups are still exploring the best options for a reopening, from the Dallas Symphony to the various companies performing at the AT&T Performing Arts Center venues.

Outdoor events

July 4th celebrations and other large gatherings of more than 500 people can be held within six feet of social distance between families and groups of 10 or fewer. However, district judges and mayors can determine whether such events cannot occur based on the state of COVID-19 in their jurisdictions. While most of the fireworks have been canceled, Kaboom Town in Addison will have a fireworks-only show on July 3rd this year instead of the major carnival production of the past. Plano, Little Elm, and Grapevine are among the other suburbs that still have fireworks on display for their communities.

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Steven Lindsey is a thrillist.

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