Student & Group Tours Info

Salem and Massachusetts Guidelines for 2021

If you are planning to bring a group to Salem in 2021, we strongly encourage you to contact us with the date and times of your visit, and to review the COVID precautions in place in Salem. We want to ensure your and your customers’ expectations are met, and that your drivers know where to go for drop-off/pick-up and parking.

Indoor Mask Mandate

  • Per Salem Board of Health, masks are required in all indoor public spaces through November 13, 2021.
  • Masks/face coverings are required in Massachusetts while on public/private transportation (including trains, ferries, busses, taxis, rideshares, and while at stations) and in healthcare settings.

Additional Changes:

  • Bus Parking Changes: More than 50 restaurants in Salem have expanded their seating and/or curbside service into parking spaces, and some of these may affect bus parking spaces. Please contact us before bringing a bus to Salem this fall so we can identify the most practical locations for drop-off and pick-up.
  • Please download the new Salem app and enable push notifications for the day(s) you are in Salem. We will share event, location, parking, and traffic updates throughout the month.
  • We make every effort to provide useful information for teachers, tour planners, tour operators and motor coach drivers. Each of Salem’s sites and attractions has its own regulations for groups, which you can find in the free Salem Guide.
  • Salem is a town for all seasons. That said, Salem’s peak season is June through October, and October is the busiest month of the year. Please book your group tours as early as possible. Many attractions take reservations as early as a year in advance.

Click here for the Salem Motor Coach Guidelines and Parking Map.

To request print copies of the new Motor Coach & Bus Guidelines and Parking Map, please email Kate Fox at kfox@salem.org.

Parking and drop zones in Salem:

Washington Square West
New Liberty Street at the Visitor Center (1)
Derby Street at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site (2)

Washington Square South (3)
Congress Street southbound (4)

Lynde Street (1)
Essex Street at the Ropes Mansion (1)

Fort Avenue (westbound)
Salem Willows
Shetland Park, off Congress Street (for a fee)