If you were thinking of celebrating Halloween this weekend in the legendary Salem, MA… Forget about it.

From Salem.org

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is real, it is here, and Salem’s case numbers are increasing
  • Visitors continue to come to Salem, many without a plan or reservations
  • The crowding in high-traffic areas like the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall is concerning for its potential to spread the virus
  • Our museums and attractions are operating on less than 50% capacity and many are selling out in advance of peak times (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
  • Our tours are operating with a capacity limit of 10, and most have sold out for the month of October
  • Restaurants and retail shops have occupancy restrictions that are causing long lines to form in high traffic areas, and visitors are waiting more than an hour in some situations to gain access to a shop or be seated at a table
  • Salem has a mask order in place in all public spaces indoors and outdoors downtown, and many of our visitors have been doing an outstanding job complying with the order.