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State, county parks closed indefinitely

The executive order was announced as Gov. Phil Murphy curbs crowds in outdoor recreation areas.

Wenonah entrance of Tall Pines State Preserve (Friends of Tall Pines/Special to The Sun).

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on April 7 all state parks and forests, and county parks to close beginning at 8 p.m. for further social distancing measures.

“My administration’s top priority is to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases, so we do not create a surge within our health care systems and overwhelm the health care professionals who are managing our response on the frontlines,” said Murphy.

“We have seen far too many instances in our parks where people are gathering and socializing in groups and by closing these areas, we are further limiting public interactions to only the most essential purposes. Data shows that our aggressive efforts to flatten the curve are beginning to make a difference; however, we must continue our push to flatten it to the point where our day-over-day increase is zero.”

Municipal parks are to be open or closed at the direction of local governments due to Executive Order No. 108.

For more information on Executive Order No. 118, visit NJ.gov/Governor

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