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Poll: Will You Dine Out at Dallas Restaurants That Won’t Require Masks?

Share your thoughts on the safety of dining indoors after the lifting of the state’s mask mandate with Eater Dallas

A crowd of people stands, maskless, inside a Deep Ellum bar
Even before the mandate was lifted, plenty of diners just weren’t complying
Kathy Tran/EDFW
Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Next week, Dallas restaurants will be able to fully open their dining rooms at 100 percent capacity, just days after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced an end to the state’s mask mandate.

To be sure, navigating the next couple of weeks is going to be complicated for the city’s restaurants, who face a difficult choice in deciding whether or not to require patrons to wear masks in absence of the governor’s order. A number of Dallas restaurants have already announced that they’ll continue to require masks for diners indoors, along with keeping other COVID-19 safety protocols like social distancing and sanitization in place.

But some of the city’s restaurants don’t plan to make mask-wearing a requirement. That begs an important question for Dallas diners who are concerned about their own health and safety, and the health of the city’s restaurant workers: should I dine out at an establishment that won’t require masks?

Whether you’re already dining out sans mask or are planning to stay out of restaurants that won’t require facial coverings, Eater Dallas wants to hear about it. Share your thoughts in our poll below, and we’ll publish the results next week.

This poll will close at midnight on Sunday, March 7.


Will you dine indoors at restaurants that won’t require masks?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Yes, I will dine at restaurants that won’t require masks.
    (687 votes)
  • 23%
    Yes, I will only dine at restaurants that won’t require masks.
    (602 votes)
  • 49%
    No, I will not dine at restaurants that won’t require masks.
    (1244 votes)
2533 votes total Vote Now