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. As you plan your visit to Salem, please confirm hours and availability with specific businesses for the most up-to-date information.

Mask Requirements

Masks are required in Salem and throughout the state of Massachusetts at all times while in public, both indoors and outdoors, regardless of physical distancing and/or vaccination status for everyone over the age of three.  Noncompliance with the mask ordinance in Salem is subject to fines of $50 for the first offense, $150 for the second, and $300 for the third. Learn more at

Travel Advisory

The state is currently under a travel advisory, recommending all visitors and returning residents to MA quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, or receive a negative COVID-19 test result. Those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from the advisory (individuals who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine). Learn more here.

Current Restrictions

The state limits outdoor event gatherings to no more than 150 people and indoor spaces are limited to 25% of maximum permitted occupancy or no more than 100 people All participants in indoor and outdoor gatherings must maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from everyone outside of their household and wear a mask.

The gathering limits for private events and at residences remains at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

The state’s limit on gathering sizes may affect in-person events. Please check the events calendar or download the Salem app for the latest updates on events, or visit for information on October events in Salem.

Most businesses in Massachusetts are currently permitted to open with capacity limits, mask requirements, and physical distancing protocols in place. Some businesses may require advance reservations during this time. We recommend contacting specific businesses to confirm availability.

Businesses/experiences currently unavailable include dance floors at bars/nightclubs, and indoor bar or restaurant service without ordering food. Road races, street festivals and fairs, and parades are also prohibited and expected to return in a later phase of reopening.

For more information, review our Traveler FAQ.


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 Salem during this time, see our COVID-19 FAQs or review an update from the City of Salem regarding October events.

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

Emergency Order Regarding Use of Face Coverings in Salem’s Downtown and All City Parks

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  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 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

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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

  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 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

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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

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