Massachusetts is in a Four-Phase reopening process that does not yet have an estimated completion date and may be extended if there is a resurgence of diagnoses and hospitalizations. We are currently in Step I of Phase IV of reopening.
October in Salem may look different this year. Here’s what we know as of March 19, 2021:
The City of Salem and its business community are working hard ensure the safety of visitors and employees. Please help keep Salem safe by taking the Salem Together Pledge following CDC guidelines and staying home if you are not feeling well, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.
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 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.
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 the Janssen vaccine). Learn more here.
The state limits outdoor gatherings to no more than 150 people and indoor spaces are limited to 100 people. Private gatherings remain 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, and be sure to contact event providers or visit their websites to confirm details as we get closer to October.
During October 2020, all businesses were required to run under restrictions instituted by the state. While we do not yet know what to expect for October 2021, we remind visitors that last some of last year’s operations changes may still be in effect:
We are cautiously optimistic that October will be a fun celebration of fall and Halloween in Salem, and we are prepared to make modifications if needed to ensure the safety of residents, employees, and visitors.
We look forward to seeing you soon!