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.

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 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.

Travel Restrictions

All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. View a list of testing locations in each state here.
  • Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day. 

Travelers from lower-risk States are not required to fill out the form and do not need to quarantine. As of January 8, 2021, only Hawaii is considered a lower-risk state.

Businesses in Massachusetts may ask visitors from out of state to produce a travel form upon entry, and they reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone not in compliance with the order.

Current Limits on Gathering Sizes

The state limits outdoor gatherings to no more than 25 people and indoor spaces are limited to 25% of maximum permitted occupancy or no more than 10 people All participants in indoor and outdoor gatherings must maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from everyone outside of their household.

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.

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