Salem Haunted Happenings COVID-19 Information

Click here for COVID-19 information for visiting Salem outside of October.

October in Salem may look different this year. Here’s what we know:

  • Masks are currently required in Massachusetts, indoors and outdoors when physical distancing of 6 ft. or more is not possible or while attending an event (including outdoor walking tours). Learn more here. On May 29, the state’s current mask order will be rescinded and replaced with a new face covering advisory in line with CDC guidelines.
  • 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 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 Massachusetts while indoors or outdoors when physical distancing is not possible or while attending an event (including outdoor walking tours). The state’s mask order will be rescinded on May 29, and the Governor will replace the order with a face covering advisory consistent with CDC guidelines. Please note, individual businesses may still require masks, and masks continue to be required on public transportation and in healthcare settings.

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.

Possible Restrictions for 2021

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 occupancy requirements
  • Masks are recommended in certain situations per CDC guidance (beginning May 29), and businesses may have their own mask requirements
  • 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!