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Salem loosens mask requirements in most city buildings

Salem recently announced that it was no longer requiring people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine to wear masks while inside most city buildings.

Effective Wednesday, June 23, vaccinated individuals can go mask-free in facilities that include City Hall, City Hall Annex, the Mayor Jean Levesque Community Center, park buildings, fire department buildings, and police headquarters.

Those who prefer to do so are welcome to continue wearing a mask inside those buildings, officials said. Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear a mask inside any city building.

Under the changed rules, announced on Monday, June 21, all individuals regardless of their vaccination status must continue to wear a mask inside the public library or in any city space where COVID-19 testing or vaccinations are being conducted.


Vaccinated adults are now allowed to go mask-free inside Salem public school buildings if no students are present. Unvaccinated adults must wear masks inside school buildings regardless of whether students are present.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.