SALEM, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Baker joined Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and other city officials to discuss the planned closures and restrictions for the city of Salem.
New rules have been put in place in the city this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as next week. Businesses in the downtown area will be asked to close at 8 p.m. and parking garages will also be closed early. Non-resident cars will b towed from city streets.
The Salem Mayor said people will be asked to leave the city if a large amount of people appear in the city.
Last week, the city of Salem asked Massachusetts residents to not go to Salem this Halloween. A majority of events within the city have been canceled this year.
“If you’re not in Salem yet and are thinking about coming, my advice to you is skip it,” Mayor Kim Driscoll said. “Skip it until after October.”
The city is planning to put several measures in place to reduce crowds on Halloween, which is on a weekend this year.
As of October 14th weekly town-by-town numbers, Salem is considered a moderate risk of COVID-19 with 45 cases in the last two weeks.
Governor Baker said a few weeks ago that he would not be implementing a statewide ban on trick-or-treating, instead letting towns and cities make the decision themselves.