Goblins combine with elves in less scary times, celebrating Halloween in Salem, Mass., in 2007.
Goblins blend with elves in less scary times, commemorating Halloween in Salem, Mass., in 2007.
For Salem, Mass., the horror this year isnt the look of goblins on Halloween, however visitors wanting to hang out in the witchcraft capital of the U.S. Because of the coronavirus, regional officials wish to prevent the very travelers that increase the citys economy.
Here are the actions Salem is taking to ward off crowds– and hopefully COVID-19:
Train service will be cut back. City parking garages will close in mid-afternoon. Cops will view the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and cut off gain access to if it gets too crowded.
Mayor Kim Driscoll says that already the crowds have thinned out, with just half the usual number of individuals showing up until now. And she understands that “normally, there is no much better place to commemorate Halloween than Salem.”
Train service will be cut back. City parking lot will close in mid-afternoon. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and pulled. If it gets too crowded, authorities will view the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and cut off access.
All the standard Halloween events are canceled. Businesses are asked to close early this coming Friday and Saturday, and probably for the following weekend, that includes Halloween on Oct 31.
Driscoll says in a declaration provided on Wednesday, “Our very first top priority from the start of this pandemic has been keeping citizens, workers, and visitors safe and healthy.”