Massachusetts is in a 4-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 Phase 3 of reopening (and Phase 4 will only come with a vaccine).
October in Salem will look different this year. Here’s what we know:
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.
Massachusetts has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.
All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:
Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day. Please find more information below, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, business guidance and other details.
Travelers from COVID-19 lower-risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Traveler Form and do not need to quarantine. These states currently include Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
Lodging operators are required to inform guests both at the time a reservation is made and at check-in of the Commonwealth’s current travel order and the guests’ obligation to quarantine for 14 days after arrival or until they receive a negative COVID test result, unless they meet certain limited exceptions.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts limits outdoor gatherings to no more than 5 persons in a single outdoor space and indoor spaces are limited to 25% of maximum permitted occupancy or no more than 25 persons. All participants in indoor and outdoor gatherings must maintain at least 5 feet of physical distance from every other participant in the gathering aside from participants who are members of the same household.
In addition, the following gatherings are currently prohibited: community, civic, public, leisure, sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions, fundraisers, fairs, festivals, walk-a-thons, road and bike races and other organized athletic or recreational events.
Gatherings for purpose of political expression are permitted.
Businesses Currently Closed:
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.
We anticipate all businesses will have modified operations. Visitors may be expected to adhere to the following rules:
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.
We look forward to seeing you soon!