About COVID-19 in Salem, Massachusetts
Salem has a public health order requiring masks or face coverings be worn in all public spaces, indoors and outdoors, in the downtown district and in Salem parks. Salem is following the Massachusetts 4-phase reopening plan, which is currently in Phase 3. These guidelines restrict gathering sizes to less than 50 people outdoors and less than 25 people indoors, which means all Salem Haunted Happenings events have been cancelled or transitioned to virtual experiences. Most Salem businesses are open and operating under capacity restrictions that allow employees and guests to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Due to these restrictions all visitors are encouraged to book reservations or buy tickets in advance of arrival. The Massachusetts Travel Order requires visitors from states deemed high-risk to complete a traveler form and quarantine or provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of travel. The list of safe and high-risk states can be found at mass.gov/matraveler. Everyone planning to visit Salem in 2020 is expected to follow all local and state health orders and guidelines. These guidelines are subject to change, pending public health data. Visit salem.org/covid19 or download the Destination Salem app to receive updates.
Salem, Massachusetts, is a destination recognized around the world for its rich history, which includes the tragic Salem Witch Trials of 1692,
the glorious maritime era that left its indelible mark on Salem through architecture, museums, and artifacts, and for its month-long celebration of Halloween. Today more than one million people visit Salem annually, generating nearly $140 million in tourism spending and supporting 1,000 jobs.
About Salem Haunted Happenings
A month-long celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, people travel from around the world to visit Salem during October.
Celebrating its 37th year, the festival features hundreds of special events in addition to attractions, museums and tours that are in Salem
throughout the year. For complete information visit HauntedHappenings.org.
About Destination Salem
As the destination marketing organization for the City of Salem, Destination Salem cooperatively markets Salem as one of Massachusetts’ best destinations
for families, couples, domestic, and international travelers who are seeking an authentic New England experience, cultural enrichment, American history,
fine dining, unique shopping and fun. For more information, visit Salem.org.
Press Contact: Kate Fox, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-741-3252
Mailing address: P.O. Box 630, Salem, MA 01970
Destination Salem assists journalists on assignment for travel-related stories about Salem and/or Salem Haunted Happenings throughout the year. Visiting journalists must be a credentialed member of the media. A letter of assignment and/or direct links to previous work samples may be required.
Salem in the News
A Visit to Salem, Massachusetts During a Pandemic October - The Distracted Wanderer (October 18, 2020)
To visit Salem this Halloween season, plan ahead and follow the rules - The Boston Globe (October 15, 2020)
Salem Still Casts A Spell Over Halloween Tourists, Despite Pandemic - WGBH (October 13, 2020)
From Wider Corn Mazes to Virtua Haunted Houses, Halloween Looks Different this Year - Smithsonian Magazine (October 9, 2020)
Haunted histories: Encounter educational and paranormal tours, sites in America’s most haunted cities - Group Tour Magazine (October 9, 2020)
How to do Salem in a pandemic? Plan ahead, and ‘don’t just come to wander the streets’- The Boston Globe (October 8, 2020)
Thinking Of Visiting Salem This Halloween Season? Here's What The Witch City Needs You To Know - The Artery on WBUR (October 6, 2020)
Quick Escape: Salem - ActiveTravels.com (October 1, 2020)
Salem businesses prepare for slow Halloween season - Daily Free Press (October 1, 2020)
A shared goal of keeping Salem residents safe during heaviest tourism season - The Salem News, Opinion Page (Spetember 30, 2020)
How Popular Halloween Spots Around the U.S. Are Handling COVID-19 - TravelandLeisure.com (September 25, 2020)
Destination Salem Launches New Mobile App for Salem Visitors - NorthShoreMag.com (September 24, 2020)
Salem Halloween Casts a Spell on Visitors - TravelSquire.com (September 24, 2020)
What will Halloween look like this year? Families and communities look to revamp spooky traditions - The Boston Globe (September 23, 2020)
Bloomberg Baystate Business (1:35:43) - Baystate Business (September 23, 2020)
City of Salem preparing for most unusual Halloween season - WCVB Channel 5 Boston (September 22, 2020)
How Salem and Plymouth, fall's hottest tourism spots, are handling Covid - Boston Business Journal (September 22, 2020)
How Salem and Plymouth, fall's hottest tourism spots, are handling Covid - MassLive.com (September 22, 2020)
How Salem will be different this October due to COVID - Boston.com (September 21, 2020)
Guide to 2020 fall festivities in Boston and beyond - The Daily Free Press (September 21, 2020)
Spooky Season still on? What we know about Halloween 2020 - The Ten on NECN (September 19, 2020)
Candy or Covid? Some Places Are Canceling Halloween - Bloomberg CityLab (September 18, 2020)
Will There Or Won’t There Be A Halloween in Salem, MA This October? - AMSSVS (September 17, 2020)
Salem mayor on tourism: Fewer crowds, won’t be ‘ghost town' - Fox 25 (September 16, 2020)
Destination Salem launches guide as smartphone app - The Salem News (September 8, 2020)
America’s fall destinations will have to balance coronavirus safety with a tourism comeback - The Washington Post (August 26, 2020)
What Scares Salem? October Without Halloween - The New York Times (August 13, 2020)
4 Best Day Trips From Boston - Conde Nast Traveler (June 23, 2020)
Perfect Weekend in Salem, Massachusetts - Weekends with Yankee (May 21, 2020)
Goth travel guide to Salem, MA! - La Carmina (December 13, 2019)
Hex Appeal - Cara by Aer Lingus (October/November 2019)
Witchy Wellness - N by Norwegian (October 2019)
Salem, Massachusetts Travel Guide - Marie Claire (October 2019)
Backstory - WGNTV Chicago (October 2019)
Foodie Travel Guide to Salem, MA - Cooking with Books (April 2019)
High resolution images and B-roll are available on request. Please email Kate Fox for Dropbox links.