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Salem braces for COVID’s economic impact

Pedestrians walk past the statue of Elizabeth Montgomery, who stared as Samantha Stephens on Bewitched, in downtown Salem. (Spenser Hasak)
SALEM — Many of Salem’s small businesses face an uncertain future in the wake of 2020’s COVID-19 Halloween.  Normally its busiest time of year, the city saw a dramatic reduction in tourism this October, leading some to wonder what the economic landscape looks like for the community’s hundreds of local attractions.  “October is our peak…

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