Salem Introduces Indoor Mask Mandate For All Public Buildings


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SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Those looking to go into any city buildings in Salem will be required to mask up starting Monday regardless of their vaccination status.

The City of Salem announced that starting on Monday, Dec. 13, all employees and visitors will be required to wear masks inside of any public or municipal buildings. Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID will still be required to wear a mask.

This mandate applies to buildings like City Hall, the Salem Public Library, Old Town Hall, park buildings, the Salem Police Station, and all Salem fire stations. As of Monday, Dec. 13, masks are not required at private businesses in Salem.

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The Salem Board of Health will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to discuss expanding the indoor mask mandate for all buildings in the city, along with a potential vaccine mandate for those looking to enter businesses. The board will also discuss whether or not to endorse the city's recommendation of a vaccine mandate for all city and school employees.

The meeting will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m. More information on how to join the meeting can be found here.

Salem has not had an indoor mask mandate for all businesses and public buildings since the city's original mandate expired on Nov. 13. The city put the mandate in place back in August and it ran through Salem's busy Halloween season.

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