Support Business, Keep Down Crowds

SALEM, MA – The biggest month of the year in Salem is going to be one massive balancing act this year as officials look to promote business, and allow residents and visitors to have a little fun, while keeping crowds moving and to a minimum due to the coronavirus health crisis.

The city canceled all major Halloween events — such as the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade and the Mayor’s Night Out — but is bracing for an influx of visitors throughout the month to annual attractions of the holiday’s unofficial hometown.

“There is no gate around the city,” Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll told the Salem City Council at its last virtual meeting. “While places are going to be open, we want to make sure they are operating within the requirements.”

Driscoll said Salem police have already seen a steady increase in traffic into Salem during the nice weather weekends of

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