COVID Protocol

During these times, of the COVID-19 pandemic, we acknowledge that no event can be completely risk-free, and we’re counting on you to do your part to help us present as safe of an event as we can by following the below health guidance, which is subject to change: 

Get vaccinated. If you’re fully vaccinated, thank you! That’s the best thing you can do for yourself and for everyone, especially children under age 12 and others who cannot currently get vaccinated. It’s widely recognized that the vast majority of all current COVID-19 cases are among unvaccinated people. While we will not (and cannot legally) require you to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter the Gala, if you’re not vaccinated and plan to attend, we urge you to do your research, talk to your doctor, and consider a vaccine, both for your safety and the safety of others.

Make an informed decision about attending the Gala. Before you attend, make sure you’ve considered your personal health situation and how you can best keep yourself and those close to you safe and healthy. The Texas Department of State Health Services has a comprehensive webpage on COVID-19 with the latest information on testing, vaccinations, symptoms, what to do if you feel ill, protecting yourself and others, and more. Visit for more information.

Wear a face covering. Masks protect everyone. Plan to bring a mask for yourself and everyone in your party with you to attend the 2021 Gala.  The recommendation is that adults and children over age two who are medically able to wear a mask should wear one in the following settings:

  • Indoors, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. As of August 25, 2021,  given the current situation with increasing COVID cases in Dallas County and the current Dallas County order on the Required Use of a Face Mask in Certain Public Space, masks will be required when indoors. Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, regardless of your vaccination status, can help protect you and everyone in close proximity to you.
  • Outdoors in crowded settings, especially if you are not vaccinated.

Again, we ask that you bring your own mask with you to the Gala, but if you forget yours, we’ll have a supply at the door for you. Just ask one of the volunteers at the door when you arrive at the event. We also offer the see-through masks, the best kind for hearing-impaired people to be able to read lips, and suggest you adopt the use of such masks as part of your regular routine out of consideration for others.

Social distance. Please spread out when you can and wear a mask when you can’t. The venue is 10,000 square feet.

Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently. There will be hand sanitizer stations available at the event.

Stay home if you’re not feeling well or you’ve had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Get tested. If within the 14 days before you attend the Gala you have tested positive or presumptively positive for COVID-19, experienced any related symptoms or been in direct contact with or in the immediate vicinity of any person who is confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms, please stay home.

Most of all, please respect your fellow Gala attendees. We’re all in this together.

Please visit the CDC’s website for more information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19. 

CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals:


CDC guidelines for non-vaccinated individuals:


COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that can lead to severe illness and even death. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place regardless of precautions that may be taken. By entering the fairgrounds, you voluntarily assume all risks, hazards and dangers related to exposure, contracting and/or transmitting COVID-19, and voluntarily waive all claims and suits against the Dallas Hearing Foundation.

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