Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Salem, Massachusetts

Some businesses are operating with new policies, hours, and guidelines. We strongly recommend planning your visit to Salem by confirming hours and availability with individual businesses, buying tickets, and making reservations in advance wherever possible.

Public Health Advisory, May 17, 2022

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the City of Salem, the Salem Board of Health is advising masking in public indoor spaces to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This is not a requirement, but we recommend bringing a mask with you to Salem, as businesses are within their rights to require masks be worn in their establishments.

Additional information about COVID-19 in Salem can be found at www.salemma.gov/covid.

There is not a vaccine mandate or indoor mask mandate

On February 8 the Salem Board of Health rescinded the City’s indoor mask mandate and requirement to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine to enter several types of businesses. For additional information, visit the News page of salem.com.

Please note: All Salem businesses and public spaces are free and within their rights to establish their own voluntary safety requirements for entry by customers, staff, and the public. Those entering any establishment with its own rules and standards for service should continue to follow those rules and respect the business owners, their employees, and fellow customers.

Free PCR Testing at Riley Plaza, Mondays-Saturdays, 8:30 am – 4:30pm

Curative, the company that operated the City of Salem’s free rapid COVID testing site in October, will continue to serve the Salem community with a free walk-up COVID testing site located in Riley Plaza starting on Monday, November 15th. The Curative testing trailer will be open six days a week, Mondays-Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Testing at this site is self-collected PCR testing, with results returned within 24-48 hours. The Curative team of local employees look forward to serving the Salem community with easily accessible testing to enhance the testing already available in Salem.

Stop the Spread Testing

Free PCR testing is offered six days per week at two different locations. Drive-through at Salem High School (77 Willson Street) Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 4pm-8pm; Saturdays 10am-3pm or walk-up at St. Peter’s Church (24 St. Peter Street) Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9am-3pm, and Friday’s 9am-2pm. The walk-up site at St. Peter’s Church will also be open Saturdays in October from 9am-2pm. Allow 1-3 days for results. No cost, no proof of insurance or residency/citizenship required. Stop the Spread is a state testing program; you can also visit Stop the Spread sites in communities around Salem. Visit www.mass.gov/stopthespread to find locations.

Please be aware that the line for the drive-up at Salem High School may be closed to new vehicles when traffic reaches Willson Street. If the school lot is full, this site will be closed to new entering vehicles for the remainder of the testing hours that day. (Updated January 4, 2022)

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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