NEW JERSEY – Governor Phil Murphy Tuesday announced executive order 118, closing all state parks and forests and county parks to further social distancing measures. The order takes effect on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:00 p.m.
“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,” Murphy said. “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.”
Under executive order No. 108 (2020), municipalities still have the authority to keep municipal parks open or closed.