Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Salem, Massachusetts

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Massachusetts is currently in the the process of reopening, which varies by business type and location. All of our businesses in Salem have reopened however, as you plan your visit, we recommend confirming hours and availability with individual businesses.

Mask Requirements

The City of Salem requires masks to be worn in all indoor public areas. Salem’s mask requirement is currently in place through November 13 pending public health data. Massachusetts requires masks to be worn while on public and private transportation (including trains, buses, ferries, taxis, and ride shares, and while in stations) and while in healthcare settings. Find more information on the City of Salem’s COVID-19 response at salem.com/masks and review the mask mandate from the Salem Board of Health here.

Testing Requirements

The City of Salem requires attendees of indoor events of more than 100 people taking place between October 1-31 to to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event in order to enter, regardless of vaccination status. Complete information is available from the Salem Board of Health here.

Salem Downtown October Rapid Testing

Free rapid antigen testing, Wednesdays-Saturdays from September 30-October 30 noon to 8:00 p.m., as well as Sunday October 31, noon to 5:00 p.m. Walk-up at PEM Connect Building, 135 Essex Street (October 30-31 the testing site will move down Essex Street to the PEM group entrance). Allow 1-2 hours for results. No cost, no proof of insurance or residency/citizenship required. Pre-registration strongly recommended by visiting https://cur.tv/salem. If appointments are not available when you visit the registration website, please check back shortly as new appointments are added on a rolling basis.  Additional information on Salem’s testing requirements can be found here.

Capacity Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions on capacity in Massachusetts, unless set by individual businesses. Confirm capacity limits and reservation requirements with individual businesses ahead of your visit.

Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for visitors entering Massachusetts, however the state recommends that people follow CDC guidelines for travel.


Please remember, all travelers are reminded to stay home if they are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.

For more on planning travel to Massachusetts during this time, visit mass.gov/reopening.

Thank you for your assistance as we return to business and prepare to welcome visitors back to Salem.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Additional Resources

Reopening Massachusetts

Massachusetts COVID-19 Resources

City of Salem COVID-19 Response and Resources

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