What you need to know to film in Dallas related to COVID-19 (updated March 12, 2021)

State Filming News

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced the elimination of all state mandated COVID-19 restrictions in Executive Order GA-34 effective Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Dallas Production Information

The Dallas Office of Special Events is issuing permits. There may be additional restrictions depending on the location/situation on a case-by-case basis.  Permit requirements & the application form can be found HERE.  

Effective March 10, 2021, on-set/on-location media production is allowed to operate without any occupancy limits.

Addressing COVID-19 at Commercial Film Sites

  • Take all appropriate actions recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.
  • Individuals should, to the extent feasible, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others at both indoor and outdoor locations.
  • We strongly recommend the continued use of standard health and safety practices. Attached to this permit is the health recommendations for media productions choosing to operate in Texas. Media productions may adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all employees, crew, cast and independent contractors.
  • As part of an effort for the Texas Film Commission to effectively communicate health and safety parameters for productions taking place in Texas, please complete the following registration form providing the Commission with the necessary details regarding your project information. Upon completion of this registration, they will update you with state-issued safety bulletins as they arise.
  • Please be advised that indoor capacity restrictions may be reduced at the county level in Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) where COVID-19 hospitalization rates have surpassed more than 15% for seven consecutive days.

Related to the last bullet point, Dallas is not in a Trauma Service Area at this time so capacity restrictions do not currently apply.

Dallas Takes Safety Seriously 

Please note that many businesses in Dallas will still be requiring masks to enter into their buildings
Links to lists of some of these:

  • VisitDallas Safety Page – includes a link to an evolving list of businesses that require masks as well as facilities and hotels that have GBAC Accreditation.
  • City of Dallas – Map of Businesses with Mask Requirements
  • WFAA article  with more lists of various businesses
  • EATER article with a list of restaurants
  • GOOGLE MAP & lists that includes restaurants and more (still evolving)

Texas Production Information 

  • Texas’ Health Recommendations for Media Production – Click HERE for the Checklist for Media Production – (revised March 10, 2020).
  • Production Registration – The Texas Film Commission requests all productions to complete a “Texas Production Registration Form” as part of an effort to effectively communicate health and safety recommendations for productions taking place in Texas.  Click HERE for the form

Production Safety Guidelines & Information


Please note: we’ve added a Health / Safety category to our online directory.  Below are some of the added categories.  We are working to get additional companies and individuals registered.

If you are a local crew member or vendor interested in listing in the categories above, please go to our Production Directory to register.  We do require certification to list in some of these categories.