Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Salem, Massachusetts
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.
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 salem.com/masks.
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.
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 hauntedhappenings.org 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!