Salem Haunted Happenings COVID-19 Information

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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:

  • As of March 22, 2021 the gathering size limits will increase to 100 people indoors and 150 outdoors for public events (private events remain at 10 indoors and 25 outdoors). At this time, it is too soon to know if these restrictions will impact October 2021, and restrictions may be increased pending public health data.
  • Masks are currently required in downtown Salem (and throughout the state), both indoors and outdoors and regardless of physical distancing and vaccination status. View this order by the Salem Board of health at
  • Physical distancing of 6′ from people outside of your household is required in all public spaces.
  • All travelers are reminded to stay home if they are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • There is currently a travel advisory in effect for Massachusetts, recommending a 10-day quarantine or taking a COVID-19 test with a negative result if you are visiting from out of state. (Fully vaccinated visitors are exempt from the advisory). Learn more here.

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.

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 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.

Travel Restrictions

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.

Current Limits on Gathering Sizes

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:

  • 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 are required
  • Rules and operation of public restrooms and portable toilets may be different

For more information on visiting Salem prior to October, visit

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.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!