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Here's where face coverings will still be required in D-FW

Masks will still be required in a number of places across North Texas despite the ending of the state's mask mandate.

Updated Wednesday with additional details about what to know for the lifting of the mandate.

While the state's mask mandate ended Wednesday, there are still places where masks are required.

Health experts and local leaders have asked people to continue wearing face coverings to protect themselves and their neighbors and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Here's a look at places where mask requirements remain in effect across North Texas.

Government buildings

On Jan. 20, President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring that masks be worn by anyone present at any federal building or federal lands.

"To protect the Federal workforce and individuals interacting with the Federal workforce, and to ensure the continuity of Government services and activities, on-duty or on-site Federal employees, on-site Federal contractors, and other individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands should all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in CDC guidelines," the order says in part.

On March 4, Mayor Eric Johnson issued an order requiring face masks inside all City of Dallas buildings. 

Johnson's order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 10, when the statewide mask mandate expires, city officials said in a release.

Many city governments in North Texas have said they will continue to require face masks inside city buildings and facilities.

Public transportation

DART, Denton County Transportation Authority and Trinity Metro will continue to require masks for people using their services. And face coverings are also still required at DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field.

On Jan. 29, the CDC issued an order requiring masks to be worn by travelers and operators on public transportation including airplanes, subways, buses and ride-shares.

"Conveyance operators must also require all persons on board to wear masks when boarding, disembarking and for the duration of travel," the CDC said. "Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or on the premise of a transportation hub."


The Texas Education Agency released updated guidance for school districts across the state on March 3.

The new guidance for the TEA says schools must still require every student, teacher or staff member to wear masks on school property or during school activities.

However, a district's board could vote to remove a mask requirement locally under the updated guidance.

RELATED: Here's how North Texas districts are handling mask requirements


Masks were never required during religious services under Texas' statewide mask mandate. However, some places of worship may choose to require masks.

Bishop Edward J. Burns of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas said on March 5 that pastors will continue to wear face masks and keep existing protocols in place.

"We also expect the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Dallas to continue to wear masks out of charity and concern for all those around them," Burns said in a statement.

RELATED: D-FW doctors urge people to continue wearing masks after Gov. Abbott's announcement to lift the mandate

For the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, Bishop Michael F. Olson says that protocols that have been in effect will be continued.

"It is our Christian responsibility to maintain our concern for others especially those most vulnerable so that we attend Mass safely and contribute to the common good of our parishes and the larger community of our towns, counties, and state," he said in a letter.

Businesses and service providers

The executive order announced March 2 rescinds most of the governor's earlier executive orders related to COVID-19. It says that effective Wednesday, March 10, all businesses may open to 100% capacity and the statewide mask mandate will no longer be enforced.

However, businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols – including requiring masks – at their own discretion. Businesses also reserve the right to refuse service to any patrons who do not follow stated protocols.

Grocery stores in Texas have varied in how they're handling the mandate ending. Most will require customers to wear masks, in addition to employees, but some are just encouraging mask wearing by shoppers.

RELATED: Here are the updated policies in Texas grocery stores as mask mandate comes to an end

A year into the pandemic, there’s a chance you’ve heard a fellow Texans say something like, “it’s my constitutional right” or “my American right” or “my civil right” to not wear a face mask while inside an establishment. 

The fact is, that’s just not true. A University of Houston Law Center professor, Emily Berman, helps to set things straight.

“Businesses can have their own policies. I mean, how many restaurants have you seen, no shirt, no shoes, no service?” she said.

RELATED: No, it's not your 'constitutional right' to refuse to follow a business' mask policy

Sporting events

In the wake of Gov. Abbott's removal of the mask mandate and "opening Texas 100%," effective March 10, the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars say they will not make any changes to their current protocols and capacities.

While the Mavericks have not opened up ticket sales yet, the NBA does require fans, players on the bench, coaches and staff to wear masks at games. The Dallas Stars have been allowing 25% capacity for fans and requiring masks. 

RELATED: Mavericks, Stars will still follow league, Dallas COVID-19 protocols despite Gov. Abbott lifting mask mandate

For school-aged sporting events, the University Interscholastic League said Thursday it would follow the TEA guidelines requiring masks unless a district formally decides to opt out of the requirement. 

The UIL also said that schools may determine spectator capacity and seatings arrangements for UIL events. 

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