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Salem Book Store Shuts Doors On Weekends Over Mask Compliance

SALEM, MA — An award-winning bookstore on the Pedestrian Mall is locking its doors on weekends to those who don’t have an appointment due to what it says is a “lack of compliance with mask and hand-sanitizing requirements” associated with the coronavirus health crisis.

Wicked Books, the independent book store on Essex Way, posted on its website that it will be open “by appointment only” during October on Saturdays and Sundays. The store remains open to the public on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The store said the decision to lock up on weekend days that draw large crowds of visitors to Halloween’s unofficial hometown was made because unmasked browsers unwilling to use hand sanitizer were “putting the health of our staff, patrons and community at risk.”

Masks are required in all public locations — both indoors and outdoors — in Salem as part of its mandatory mask

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