Safe Salem: COVID-19 Measures Effective December 22, 2021

Learn more about new public health protections established by the Board of Health regarding masks and vaccinations
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Click here to read the Salem Board of Health's mask order of December 22, 2021.

Click here to read the Salem Board of Health's vaccine requirement order of December 22, 2021.

Click here to watch the January 4, 2022 webinar for businesses about the new requirements.

Click here to download signage for your business:

Masks Required - English

Masks Required - Spanish

Vaccines & Masks Required - English

Vaccines & Masks Required - Spanish


Frequently Asked Questions

Are vaccinated individuals in these locations allowed to remove their masks?

Only if they are eating or drinking and then they should place their mask back on immediately after.


How will the City enforce the vaccine requirement?

The City will provide free signage to all businesses impacted by this new requirement and will conduct random checks to help customers comply. Those who wish to notify the City about a potential violation of the requirement should email or call (978) 741-1800.


What are the penalties for violating the orders?

Per ordinance, the standard fine for orders of this nature is $50 for the first violation, $150 for the second violation, and $300 for third and subsequent violations, however Health Department inspectors will focus on warnings and guidance to help improve compliance and prioritize public health over issuing fines unless absolutely necessary.


Are there any exemptions at all for people entering these businesses to not have to show proof of vaccination?

Individuals entering a covered business for a short duration and limited purpose does not need to show proof of vaccination but must remain masked for the entirety of their time inside the premises. This would include those entering just to use a restroom, to place or pick up an order or service, making a delivery, or performing necessary repairs.


Does the vaccine order apply to employees?

Yes, this order applies to customers, fulltime and part-time employees, interns, volunteers, contractors, and performers.


What is an acceptable form of proof of vaccination?

The following forms of proof are acceptable: a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, a digital image of the CDC card, any other official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered or a digital image of such record, or any vaccine verification smartphone application developed or endorsed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the City of Salem. Any such proof of vaccination must include the person’s name, vaccine brand, and the date the vaccine dose was administered.


How should businesses implement this?

Covered businesses will be provided with free signage that should be posted at points of entry to their business. Employees who currently check ID for age verification or greet customers at check-in booths, ticket windows, or host stations should ask for each customer to show proof of vaccination as specified in the order. In the event a covered business has no such staff, proof of vaccination should be shown to an employee at the first point of contact with the customer inside the business. If a customer fails to provide such proof they should be informed that Salem Board of Health requires this proof for entry to the establishment and without it they will not be able to enter the private property establishment. Businesses that require additional assistance in planning for implementation can contact the Board of Health at


How long will these requirements be in effect?

The vaccine order is in effect until further notice, but will be taken up for review by the Board of Health at its March meeting. The Board routinely monitors critical public health metrics and data related to case rates, positivity rates, hospitalization, hospital capacity, and vaccination rates. The renewed indoor mask order ends on March 8, 2022 unless otherwise extended by the Board of Health.


Why are indoor recreational and athletic facilities and museums included in this order, since you do not need to remove your mask to participate in those activities?

Certain types of non-dining establishments are included in this order because they are either high-respiratory or they entail gathering with large numbers of other people, generally in close proximity and for extended periods of time.


What establishments are covered by the indoor mask order?

In any indoor public space or private space open to the public in the City of Salem, masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by all persons over the age of 2 except for those individuals for whom a medical condition or disability prevent such. Masks may be removed when seated and eating or drinking and when in individual rooms, not common areas, of lodging establishments. Masks may be temporarily removed by customers at personal service establishments when receiving care involving the face, but must be put back on for the remainder of the visit.


Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine in Salem?

There are numerous locations in and around Salem that provide all the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines for individuals age 5 and up. You can find details at


What should I do if I have additional questions not covered here?

Email additional questions to