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The vaccine mandate in Salem – what it means for visitors

Salem safe together vaccine mandate

Effective January 15, the City of Salem requires proof of vaccine to enter a restaurant, indoor entertainment venue, and indoor fitness centers.  Salem also has an indoor mask mandate, which means masks are required to be worn in all public indoor spaces and private indoor spaces that are open to the public, until further notice. Visit Salem.org/COVID19 for more pandemic guidelines.

What does this mean for visitors to Salem? 

Bring a mask. If you don’t have a mask or forgot to bring one, many of our businesses have them available for free and will be happy to provide one for you.

Bring your vaccine card, or a digital photo of your vaccine card. If you’re a Massachusetts resident, download the new COVID-19 Smart Health Card to your phone.  Official vaccine apps or digital cards from other states (New York’s Excelsior Pass, for example) are also accepted.

You will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the following businesses:

  • Restaurants, to dine in
  • Museums
  • Indoor attractions and haunted houses
  • Commercial event and party venues
  • Movie theatres
  • Fitness centers, including hotel fitness centers and pools

The City of Salem does not require proof of vaccination to do the following:

  • Stay in a hotel, inn or bed & breakfast
  • Restaurant take-out
  • Outdoor walking tours
  • Shopping / Retail
  • Self-guided walking experiences (Check out the new campus tour at the Peabody Essex Museum!)
  • Take public transportation, including the Commuter Rail

Private businesses do have the right to require proof of vaccine for entry, so we recommend confirming individual businesses.

We appreciate the work the Salem Board of Health and the City of Salem is doing to keep Salem safe, strong, and open. We all look forward to the day when COVID-19 does not have to drive our travel and recreation decisions, but we are not there yet. These mandates have been established in response to escalating levels of infection and decreasing capacity at local hospitals.  We believe they are temporary measures to mitigate a public health emergency.

Please be kind to the employees you encounter. Whether they are personally in favor of or opposed to the mandates, they are on the front line of the pandemic and have been asked to enforce City requirements in order for their employer to remain open and their job to continue to exist.

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