Salem Haunted Happenings COVID-19 FAQ

Massachusetts has been the center of one of the most significant COVID-19 outbreaks in the United States.  On May 18, 2020, the Commonwealth began a 4-Phase reopening process that is estimated to take three – four months, provided there is not a resurgence of diagnoses and hospitalizations.

As anxious as we all are to get back to work and see our visitors, the recovery process will be slow, deliberate, and data driven.  Phases are estimated to take 3 weeks, but some phases may be shorter, and some may be longer, depending on public health recommendations.

It is difficult for us to know what Salem Haunted Happenings will look like this year.  Here are a few things we do know:

  • There will likely be new guidelines for visiting and exploring Salem safely.
  • Salem will be relying on visitors to comply with our local public health guidelines to ensure Salem Haunted Happenings is safe for residents, front line employees, and visitors.
  • If you are feeling sick (with a fever, cough, sore throat) or have been exposed to the Coronavirus within two weeks of your visit to Salem, please postpone your visit for another time. We look forward to welcoming you when you are feeling better.

The City of Salem and its business community are working hard to secure personal protective equipment and make changes that will ensure the safety of visitors and employees.  Please help keep Salem safe by following CDC guidelines and staying home if you are not feeling well, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.

Traveler Advisories as of May 18, 2020:

  • Massachusetts is under a “safer at home” advisory that recommends people stay home unless they are going out to an essential business.
  • Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 5, unless you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a mask.
  • Physical distancing of 6’ is required in all public spaces.
  • A voluntary 14-day quarantine is in place for out-of-state visitors; We anticipate this quarantine to be in place through the end of June.

Reopening Expectations

Please note that this timeline may be updated by statewide or local public health advisories and all openings are at the discretion of the business.

  • Outdoor gardens and parks will be able to open to the public on May 25
  • We anticipate accommodations, restaurants, and retail to open on or after June 8
  • Museums, attractions, harbor tours, walking tours, performance venues and amusement parks are part of Phase 3 openings, which is estimated to be around June 29

We anticipate all businesses will have modified operations. Visitors may be expected to adhere to the following rules:

  • Reservations or tickets purchased in advance may be required
  • Capacity / occupancy may be reduced
  • Visitors may need to queue outside to wait for entrance to businesses that need to adhere to new occupancy requirements
  • Masks may be required
  • Rules and operation of public restrooms and porta-potties may be different

We are cautiously optimistic that October will be a fun celebration of fall and Halloween in Salem, and we are prepared to make modifications to ensure the safety of residents, employees, and visitors.

Still Unknown

  • There is a threat of a second wave of COVID-19, and if there is an increased number of cases in Massachusetts or Salem, requirements may change.
  • Gathering sizes may still be restricted in October, which will affect events and activities. If this is the case, we will post it here.
  • As we receive updates on events and business operations for October, we will post them here.
  • Please check on all reservations you already have to confirm arrangements and prepare to make reservations for activities and meals in advance of your visit.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!