Salem Haunted Happenings COVID-19 Information

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If you do not have tickets or reservations already made, please postpone your October 2020 visit to Salem. Our businesses are running on very limited capacity- With Haunted Happenings event cancellations and without reservations, you will not be able to make the most of your visit to Salem, and for the health and safety of our residents, workers, and visitors, the City recommends that you postpone your visit. Read more from the City of Salem here.

Planning Resources for October 2020:

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:

  • Events with gathering sizes that exceed the state’s reopening requirements have been cancelled. View a list of these events here.
  • Masks are required in downtown Salem, both indoors and outdoors and regardless of physical distancing. View this order by the Salem Board of health at
  • Physical distancing of 6′ 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 order in effect for most out-of-state visitors to Massachusetts. Review the travel restrictions below, or visit for complete information.

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.

Travel Restrictions as of October 16, 2020:

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:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

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 CA, HI, ME, NH, NY, VT, WA, and Washington D.C.

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.

Current Limits on Gathering Sizes

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:

  • New England Pirate Museum
  • Phillips House Museum
  • Salem Ferry
  • Stepping Stone Inn

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 have been able to open since May 25
  • Accommodations, restaurants with outdoor dining, and retail have been able to open since June 8.
  • Restaurants with indoor dining, and personal services have been able to open since June 22.
  • Museums, attractions, harbor tours, walking tours, performance venues and amusement parks are part of Phase III openings, which may have multiple parts, the first of which began on July 6.
  • Massachusetts will be in Phase III of reopening in October, which includes limits on gathering sizes. An update from the City of Salem on October events affected by this order is available here.

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.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!