• The Salem Chamber's Operations During COVID-19

    As businesses reopen, so, too, is the Salem Chamber. This guide will provide you with the information you need to know about our reopening plan, work hours, guidelines we are following, and ways we are keeping you safe. This guide will be monitored and adjusted/restrictions eased as needed and appropriate and based on local and state guidance. View the Salem Chamber Reopening Guide here.

    HOURS AND VISITOR INFO

    Chamber Staff will be onsite on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00AM - 5:00PM. Staff will rotate on-site days, but one staff member will be on site each of these days.

    Visitors will not be accepted while Massachusetts is in phase 2 and 3 of reopening. In phase 4 visitors will be accepted by appointment only. We are sorry that we cannot accept drop-ins at this time. Only one visitor on site will be allowed at a time.

     

    Click to view our page with small business support information and resources.

     

    Additional information from Destination Salem:

    List of Businesses that are Open and/or Modifying for the period of isolation
    List of Business Closures
    List of Retailers Offering Online Shopping

  • Current COVID-19 Business Reopening Information

    Massachusetts would advance to Step 2 of Phase III of the state’s reopening plan on Monday, March 1, and also announced its plan to transition to Step 1 of Phase IV on Monday, March 22. With public health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction, including drops in average daily COVID cases and hospitalizations, and vaccination rates continuing to increase, the Administration is taking steps to continue to reopen the Commonwealth’s economy. 

    1. Phase 3, Step 2: Effective March 1st, the Commonwealth will move forward into Phase 3, Step 2. This will reopen:
      1. Indoor performance venues such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces

    o Open at 50% capacity with 500 person max

    1. Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact: laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses

    o Open at 50% capacity

     

    1. Updated Capacity Limits: Effective March 1st the following industries will increase to 50% capacity. Employees will be exempt from capacity restrictions in all of these industries:
      1. Arcades & Other Indoor and Outdoor Recreation Businesses
      2. Close Contact Personal Services
      3. Driving and Flight Schools
      4. Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
      5. Golf Facilities (indoor)
      6. Libraries
      7. Operators of Lodging (common spaces)
      8. Museums, Cultural & Historic Facilities, Guided Tours
      9. Office Spaces
      10. Places of Worship
      11. Sectors not Otherwise Addressed
      12. Theaters and Performance Venues
      13. Relevant EEA Industries – Youth sports spectators etc.
      14. The following industries remain unaffected by capacity limits:

    o Drive in movie theaters

    o Construction

    o Laboratories

    o Manufacturing

     

    1. Additional Guidance Changes:
      1. Effective March 1st, Restaurants will no longer be subject to a % seated capacity limit and their capacity is limited only by the requirement of 6 feet between tables

    o Musical performances allowed in restaurants (with appropriate distancing)

    o 90 minute time limit on tables stays in place

    o Limit of no more than 6 per table stays in place

    o Food courts remain closed

    1. Effective March 1st, Fitting rooms may open in all retail businesses

     

    1. Gatherings Limit: Effective March 22nd, subject to public health data, the gatherings limit will increase for event venues and public settings, but will stay the same in private settings:
      1. Event Venues and Public Settings:

    o 100 indoor

    o 150 outdoor

    1. Private Settings (such as private residences):

    o 10 indoors

    o 25 outdoors

     

    1. Phase 4, Step 1: Effective March 22nd, subject to public health data, the Commonwealth will move into Phase 4, Step 1:
      1. Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks will reopen with a 12% capacity limit

    o A large venue is defined as a having a capacity of 5,000 or more

    o Venues with capacity under 5,000 are subject to the Indoor and Outdoor Performance Venue guidance

    o Large venues will be required to submit a safety plan to the Department of Public Health

    1. Overnight Camps will be allowed to open for Summer 2021
    2. Exhibition and Convention Halls may reopen, subject to gathering limits and event rules
    3. Dance floors may open at weddings and events only
    4. All other Phase 4 industries will not be able to open until a future reopening step. Those include:

    o Road races, street festivals, and parades, and fairs

    o Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks

    o Indoor water parks and indoor/outdoor ball pits

    o Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs, and other facilities

    o Beer gardens/ breweries/ wineries/ distilleries

    o Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs—venues offering entertainment, beverages, or dancing and not providing seated food service

     

    You can read more in the below press release. Updated guidance will be posted at www.mass.gov/reopening

  • Safety Guidelines for Visiting Businesses

    Wear a Face Mask or Covering - Minimize the risk of spreading by covering your nose and mouth.

    Wash Your Hands - Wash for 20 seconds with soap or use hand sanitizer, both before and after, when picking up your food.

    Pay Online - Helps to minimize personal contact and length of visit.

    Maintain Social Distancing - While picking up, try to maintain 6ft of separation from employees/customers.

    Don't Take the Whole Family - Minimize risk by only sending one person to pickup.

    Remember to Tip - Your local restaurant workers will appreciate it in this difficult time.

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