Beginning Wednesday June 10, some fields in Berkeley Heights will reopen for resident use.
This includes the following fields that are considered Township Board of Education property:
- Memorial Park
- Upper and lower Columbia
- Governor Livingston
- Fields at schools
The County is still in talks to determine whether to open their fields at Snyder Avenue, Passaic and Horseshoe. A reminder that per Governor Murphy’s executive orders, organized youth sports in small groups only are not allowed to resume on fields until June 22.
Basketball courts will also be open for shooting hoops only – full contact games are still not allowed; the risk of close contact and droplet exchange is still too high. As usual, all of the regular social distancing and personal hygiene rules remain in effect, per the Governor’s orders, such as:
- Always have hand sanitizer and use it frequently
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others
- If social distancing isn’t possible, masks are encouraged
- Be sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow and not into the open air when other people are nearby
- Avoid congregating in large crowds
“We all agree that children and adults need additional recreational space,” said Mayor Angie Devanney. “The weather is warm, kids are finishing up with school. They need safe spaces to play. Parents, please stress the importance of your children following the rules so we can continue to open up amenities in our town.”
“As our school finishes up this very unique school year, we want to ensure the children have ample opportunities for recreation given these circumstances,” added Berkeley Heights School Superintendent Dr. Melissa Varley. “Opening up fields gives them additional spaces to play other than their homes, where they have been quarantined for three months. This is a step forward for them, as well as adults and the broader community.”