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 state of Massachusetts has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, including indoor face mask requirements with the exceptions of public and private transportation settings and healthcare facilities. (Through May 28, masks are required while indoors and outdoors when 6 ft. of distancing is not possible.)

Masks continue to be required on public and private transportation, including on the MBTA, commuter rail, buses, ferries, airplanes, trolleys and while in rideshares (Uber and Lyft), taxis, and livery vehicles, as required by the Centers for Disease Control January 29, 2021 Order.   Face coverings are also required at all times in transportation hubs, including train stations, bus stops, and airports.  The requirement applies to riders and workers.

Current Restrictions

Effective May 29, 2021, businesses in Massachusetts are no longer subject to restrictions, however, they may have their own restrictions in place.

As you plan your visit to Salem, please keep the following points in mind:

  • While masks are not required by the state, some businesses may have their own mask requirements. As a result, we recommend continuing to bring your mask to Salem, or checking this page for a list of shops where you may purchase one downtown.
  • Some businesses are opting to keep capacity limits for the time being, so you may be recommended to make advance reservations for some experiences, or wait until capacity is available inside for others.

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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

Comments 33

  1. Will the results of a rapid covid test be acceptable if coming from Wayne county New York? I am visiting with daughter April 28.

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      According to the state’s travel order it needs to be a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival to MA. We recommend checking mass.gov/matraveler as they have more detailed FAQs on the travel order on there, and the order may change as you get closer to your visit.

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      So far vaccines have not been mentioned in the state’s travel order. You can find updates on the order at mass.gov/matraveler.

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      The state has added a comment on vaccinations with the travel order:

      Do I have to comply with the Travel Order if I have received a COVID-19 vaccine?

      Yes. Yes. At this time, vaccinated individuals must continue to comply with the Governor’s Travel Order and related testing and quarantine requirements. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, including quarantining after a possible exposure, covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

      Any additional updates will be shared at mass.gov/matraveler

  2. Suggestion that these “blog” posts have dates on them, as that is very useful when trying to track what is happening when. Thanks.

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      That’s the date it was originally posted, it’s been updated *many* times since then. I’ll be sure to change that date though to avoid confusion 🙂

  3. If am going to visit may 10 from Texas
    When do I have to have the covid test done
    What would the date have to be

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      The travel order recently changed to an advisory, so the test is no longer required. Currently the state is recommending that out of state visitors take a test within 72 hours of your arrival to MA or quarantine for 10 days once you’re here, but the travel forms and tests are not required at this time. If anything changes we’ll update this page.

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          Currently no tests are required, it’s a travel advisory now– It used to be a travel order that required visitors to test and fill out a form, but it recently changed to an advisory so testing prior to your arrival is now a recommendation. We recommend checking mass.gov/matraveler close to your trip though in case anything changes.

  4. Do vaccinations of the Astra Zenica count the same as the 2 aforementioned? We are in the UK and have travel restrictions currently in place and realise we are unable to travel at the moment.

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      Astra Zenica is not one of the exemptions from the state’s travel advisory. It could change in the future, but right now it only specifies “those who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms.” The state’s travel order did recently change to an advisory though so compliance is now recommended rather than mandatory. All of the recommended steps to take while traveling to MA are listed at mass.gov/matraveler.

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      The above information is correct, but we can add “Johnson & Johnson” ahead of the wording to avoid confusion. According to the CDC, the vaccine is “Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Vaccine,” made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson. We pulled the wording above from the state’s website to stay consistent with the travel advisory, we’ll update with “Johnson & Johnson,” though.

  5. I visiting in may 2021 from California for about 3 days. Do I need to get vaccinated first or will I need to quarantine when I get there ?

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      Currently you do not need to get vaccinated first or quarantine upon arrival in Salem. There is a travel advisory in MA which is basically a recommendation for out of state visitors to self quarantine for 10 days or get tested prior to arrival (unless they are vaccinated), but doing so is not mandatory as this time. For more information and updates if anything changes, see mass.gov/matraveler.

  6. I heard that they were dispensing Covid-19 vaccines at Salem State’s South Campus. I have not found a way to register to get the vaccine at this facility. Is this Salem State vaccine center still open and if so, where/how do you register to get an appointment there?

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      As of right now, masks will still be required in Salem on April 30, indoors and outdoors and regardless of distancing and vaccination. The City and our local Board of Health is always reviewing safety measures, so if anything changes we’ll update this page right away.

  7. When are street festivals expected to start up again? Considering traveling from TN in October but wanted to get the full experience!

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      Unfortunately we don’t have updates for October at this time. Once we do, we’ll share them here and on hauntedhappenings.org. You find the current stage of reopening for the state of Massachusetts here at mass.gov/reopening, but we’d note that Salem (and other cities) may move along at their own timelines and the timeline on the state’s site is also subject to change based on public health data. Once we know more we’ll share an update!

  8. Forcing people to wear masks even in situations where its completely safe not to is just as bad as saying masks do nothing at all. You’re telling me I can be fined for walking my dog alone and not near a single other person and on top of that im vaccinated… You people are delusional. That’s not only ridiculous, its not based in science or reality and just causes more problems than it solves.

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      Salem’s outdoor mask mandate is for areas of downtown where distancing is not always possible, and only for certain times of day in areas that are not always crowded, (you can view a map of required mask zones here: https://arcg.is/zzyei ), it is not intended for residential streets when no one else is around. You can view the mask mandate from the City here: https://www.salem.com/masks/ We’re just sharing information from the City and Board of Health on this page; If you’d like to share feedback, there is a meeting by the Board of Health on May 11 and there is information on contacting them ahead of time here.

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  9. I read an article last week about Salem rescinding the outdoor mask mandate on May 21st but read something else that mask-wearing will continue throughout 2021. Which is correct?

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      Salem’s outdoor mask mandate has already been rescinded– We are currently following the state’s mandate of masks required indoors and outdoors when distancing of 6 ft or more is not possible or while attending an event (including walking tours). The state’s order is being lifted on May 29. If anything changes in Salem after May 29, we’ll update this page, but we’d also recommend checking with the businesses you’re visiting as they may have their own guidelines after the state’s restrictions are lifted.

  10. My mom and I have both been fully vaccinated with the Moderna Vaccine. Is it safe for the two of us to visit in September? We’ve always wanted to visit Salem, and well, we both need a break – her from work and me from our neighbors.

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      The state no longer has a travel advisory for visitors from other states- They are just recommending that people follow the CDC travel guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html The only restrictions still in place throughout MA are that masks are required on public and private transportation (including trains, ferries, taxis, rideshares, and in stations/at airports) and in healthcare settings. Otherwise some businesses may have their own policies in place, but you should have a great time visiting in September!

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