SALEM, MA — As businesses across Salem hope that a busy Halloween month will help offset losses from spring coronavirus closures, the city will hold a briefing next week to update business owners on the state of the city in its battle to keep test rates low.
The meeting will take place Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. — the morning after the Board of Health decides whether to adopt the eased restaurant restrictions Gov. Charlie Baker announced this week. The new guidelines would increase the number of people allowed at a table from six to 10, and allow bar seating for those who order food.
Salem is postponing the easing of restrictions, which are set to go into effect for most of the state on Monday, until the Board of Health can take up the matter at a special meeting Tuesday night.
“Restaurant operators should anticipate that the limitation on people