City of Salem COVID-19 Response Update – March 31, 2020

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The City of Salem continues to advance measures to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), lessen impacts on healthcare providers responding to this evolving situation, and support Salem residents and businesses during this public health emergency. To view previous updates, please visit and click on a previous COVID-19 update.

New Updates

  • The Commonwealth has extended the closure of non-essential businesses through May 4, 2020. Accordingly, the City has extended the closure to the public of all City buildings through May 4, 2020. This includes City Hall, City Hall Annex, the Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center, and the Salem Public Library. Salem Public Schools had already been closed through May 4, 2020.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued new guidance today around hotels, motels, inns, beds and breakfasts and other short-term residential rentals. Based on this new guidance, hotels, motels, and short-term rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers or individuals, or for Massachusetts residents who have been otherwise displaced from their residences.
  • The City of Salem is finalizing an application form that property owners will be able to submit to request a deferred payment plan for property tax and other bills. The form will be posted with instructions to and made available on the resource page at once it is ready.

Status of Cases

Due to the increased amount of testing, as of 4:00 p.m. on March 31, 2020, currently 36 Salem residents have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information about COVID-19, please visit and Mass DPH has posted an FAQ at and has activated an information line that can be reached by dialing 2-1-1.