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

Many diners have indicated that dining indoors without masks feels unsafe. Share your thoughts with Eater Houston in our poll.

A bartender in a black mask, denim shirt, and black apron shakes a cocktail.
Montrose restaurant Bludorn will continue to require patrons and staff to wear masks
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Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Next week, restaurants in Houston and across the state of Texas will be able to expand indoor dining room capacities to 100 percent, and the state’s mask mandate is officially a thing of the past.

Even though a number of the city’s restaurants are planning to continue enforcing social distancing measures and requiring staff and patrons to wear masks, some won’t. That scenario, walking into a restaurant at 100 percent capacity that’s full of unmasked people, leaves Houston diners with an important question: should I dine out at an establishment that won’t require masks?

Back in November, Eater surveyed readers on whether or not they felt comfortable dining indoors while the mask mandate was still in effect, and a majority of respondents indicated that sitting in a dining room just didn’t feel safe. After a year of staying at home, though, it’s almost certain that many Texans will make their way back into restaurants and bars in the coming weeks in the absence of these restrictions.

Whether you’re planning to only dine out in restaurants that require masks or are looking forward to this strange new world of mask-free dining, Eater Houston wants to hear about it. Share your thoughts in the poll below, and we’ll reveal the results sometime next week.

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


Will you dine out at restaurants that don’t require masks?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Yes, I will dine indoors at restaurants that don’t require masks.
    (231 votes)
  • 44%
    No, I won’t dine indoors at restaurants that don’t require masks
    (507 votes)
  • 4%
    No, but I will dine outdoors at restaurants that don’t require masks.
    (56 votes)
  • 29%
    No, I am still not dining indoors at all right now.
    (336 votes)
1130 votes total Vote Now