An Update on What's Open in DFW
All Storage Online | October 8, 2020 @ 12:00 AM
Can I drink at a bar in Dallas? Can I bring my family to a zoo in Fort Worth? Can I ride the rides at an amusement park in Arlington?
Figuring out what you can and can’t do in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex amidst COVID-19 can be confusing. As the state of Texas continues to reopen—and in some cases, backtrack on that reopening—the simple act of leaving your home can require some advance research. And you’re not a researcher; you’re just a person trying to go to a museum!
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of what is currently open in DFW as of October 7, 2020. Keep in mind that for the most up to date information, you should always check with Texas Health and Human Services and the city websites for Dallas, Fort Worth or any other community you have questions about. And of course, you should also call the business you’re planning on visiting to confirm they’re open and find out if you need a reservation.
Now onto the fun part. Here’s what’s open:
Indoor and outdoor dining are open at a limited capacity. Restaurants can seat up to 75% capacity inside. Many restaurants are still emphasizing takeout and delivery, as these are by far the safest options for enjoying a tasty meal during the pandemic.
After hinting that bars would be open soon, Governor Greg Abbott officially reopened bars at 50% capacity throughout the state, following a prolonged closure after a brief initial reopening in May. The capacity limit is only on indoor bar spaces—outdoor seating has no capacity restrictions, so enjoy those patios while the warm weather lasts. Customers are required to be seated while imbibing. Keep in mind that the bar reopening is subject to county government approval, and of course it’s always smart to check with your favorite watering hole to make sure they’re open before you mosey over for a cold one.
Churches and other places of worship are open (check with your individual church to confirm). Expect social distancing measures in place, such as empty rows in between churchgoers.
Yes, you can go to Six Flags. Amusement parks are open with capacity limitations, and other safety protocols such as masks and temperature checks. For example, Six Flags in Arlington has mandatory masks, a contact-free reservation system, temperature stations, and social distancing in lines, on rides, and in dining areas.
Good news for anyone who desperately needs a post-quarantine haircut. Hair salons and barber shops are open. So are nail salons, tanning beds, massage parlors, waxing salons, tattoo/piercing shops, and hair loss treatment centers. When you go, expect six feet of space between workstations, face masks, and elevated cleaning protocols. Your salon may be operating by appointment only, and when you arrive, you may be asked to wait outside or in your car rather than in the building.
Gyms and fitness studios are open at 75% capacity, not including employees. Face masks may be required when social distancing is not possible, and employees are required to maintain safety standards such as health screenings, spaced workout stations, and readily available hand sanitizer and cleaning products for equipment.
Lace up those sneakers; recreational sports are permitted. Face masks should be worn when social distancing isn’t possible. Wondering about professional sports in Texas? From football to hockey to a good old fashioned Texas rodeo, it varies, but don’t worry, we’ve done the legwork on what’s open.
Museums, Aquariums, and Zoos
If you’ve missed the lions and tigers and bears, you’ll be happy to know that zoos are back, along with aquariums, museums and similar attractions. Expect capacity limitations and special ticketing procedures with an emphasis on digital sales. Some individual exhibits (anything high-touch) may be temporarily closed. There are a ton of attractions that are open in Dallas and beyond including the Dallas Aquarium, Dallas Museum of Art, Fort Worth Zoo, and Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Be sure to call your favorite museum to find out what you need to know before you head out.
At All Storage, we’re still open and here to serve you during COVID-19. We offer contact-free leasing to make your reservation process safe. If you have questions about COVID-19 safety protocols or anything else in the world of self storage, reach out anytime. We’d love to hear from you.