TRENTON, NJ - Nature calls, but you might want to be careful how you answer it...

In this afternoon's daily COVID-19 briefing, Col. Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police commented about the, "inordinate" amount of human waste generated at parks statewide following the reopening of public spaces across the Garden State.

While parks have been given the greenlight to open, facilities within those parks—including restrooms—have remained closed. As a result, visitors to places like Liberty State Park have been taking certain liberties themselves.

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"That report from the park police was disheartening, to say the least," said Callahan, commenting on incidents of urine and fecal matter being left behind by visitors in parks, adding, "There is a zero tolerance policy for that."

Despite restrooms being closed, it's worth pointing out that it remains illegal for humans to relieve themselves on public property.

"We understand that the restrooms are closed, but people should plan accordingly and should not be urinating in bottles and leaving them behind," said Callahan.

With park police now actively seeking violators, Governor Phil Murphy has warned, "You're not going to get a warning if we catch you leaving something like that behind."

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