Officials said the city, which hosted the Slam Dine Trials more than three centuries ago, would require people to take the negative COVID-19 test to participate in some of the larger Halloween events.
The Salem Board of Health voted Friday to ask people to take a negative test within 72 hours so that more than 100 people can attend indoor events in a public place.
This requirement will take effect on October 1 and will continue until November 1. Masks are required in all public businesses by mid-November.
“The Delta variety is very transferable. We’re seeing an increase in the number of COVID cases in Salem,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Thankfully, more people have been vaccinated, so we don’t see a reason for hospitalization. But that number has also increased.
Details of the rapid inspection in the area will be announced soon.
The Vaccine Mandate is available for some events, such as Horror Fest, which includes 50 indoor movies during October.
“We will do everything we can to keep our audience safe,” said Horror Festival KK Lynch. “We have limited our audience. We need vaccinations. We need indoor masks.”