BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- State and county parks and golf courses in New Jersey will be reopening on Saturday.
Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement on Twitter. This executive order will take effect at sunrise on Saturday. The Governor will continue to mandate social distancing measures, however.
Lord Stirling Park and Stables in Basking Ridge are among the Somerset County parks that were forced to close April 7 which will now be allowed to reopen.
The status of municipal parks will continue to be at the discretion of local town governments. Many towns in the area had already closed their parks prior to the Governor's executive order mandating closure of state and county parks.
"We will be working with our Township OEM and Parks & Recreation Department to begin slowly opening up our Municipal Parks, golf courses and other applicable facilities as well in the coming days and weeks," Bernards Township Mayor Jim Baldassare said.
"The people have spoken," said Somerset County Freeholder Brian Gallagher, shortly after the news began to spread on social media Wednesday.
Lawmakers throughout New Jersey, including the Somerset County Freeholders and state Sen. Kip Bateman, R-16th, have been pushing Murphy to rescind his executive order, effective April 7th, that required the closure of all state and county parks in an effort to minimize social contract and impede the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)..