Discouraging travel to Salem is completely counterintuitive to the goals of Destination Salem. Recommending travel to Salem be postponed is a communication point that has never been in our repertoire. 2020 has proven to be a year fraught with challenges, and now Destination Salem, as the destination marketing organization for the City of Salem must, however, tell you that we do not anticipate your expectations will be met if you visit Salem during the final two weekends of October 2020.
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Unfortunately, with all of our businesses operating at reduced capacity, there is not enough for visitors to do. The visitors who are coming to Salem – some from far away – without a plan in place are finding long lines, not enough to do, and overcrowding. Because of this, we advise you to postpone your trip to November, to 2021, or reschedule for a weekday visit.
The following changes are being put in place for the final two weekends of Halloween, which are traditionally the busiest weekends of the year in Salem:
In addition, per the Massachusetts and City of Salem reopening guidelines:
Bars are not allowed to be open. If you are in a restaurant and ordering alcoholic beverages, you are required to be seated at a table and to order food, as well. This means hanging out in bars, which has a high-risk of spreading COVID-19, is not permitted.
Indoor haunted house attractions are not permitted to open, and some Salem businesses will not be open this October (Phillips House, New England Pirate Museum, Cry Innocent, Stepping Stone Inn, and the Salem Ferry).
There is a travel order in effect both for the state of Massachusetts and the City of Salem. Visitors entering MA from most other states are required to fill out a traveler form and either quarantine for 14 days once in MA or provide a negative COVID test result taken within 72 hours of travel. The form and additional information is at mass.gov/matraveler. The City of Salem is collecting contact information from out of state visitors who are staying in Salem overnight; this order and additional information is at salem.com/traveler.
While MA has advanced to Step 2 of Phase 3 of the four-phased reopening plan, Salem will remain in Step 1 through at least mid-November. As a result, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, which means all Haunted Happenings events have remained cancelled since the City’s initial announcement in August.
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