CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County residents eager to tee off amid stay-at-home orders for the past two months will finally get a chance to this weekend.
Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday lifted a number of COVID-19 restrictions that apply to outdoor activities — allowing the Camden County Driving Range in Cooper River Park to re-open Friday.
It will be the first time the facility will welcome guests since suspending operations on March 17.
“The driving range is an excellent candidate for early re-opening because social distancing is so easy to maintain while taking advantage of the facility,” said Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli on Tuesday.
Helping to maintain safety protocols, the driving range has hitting stalls that are seven feet apart, a 12-foot walking area behind said stalls, and contactless ball dispensers.
Visitors to the range should take note of added measures that will be put in place: all outdoor seating will be removed; restrictions on clubhouse access; encouraged use of contactless payment methods like Apple Pay; and staff will wear gloves and face coverings at all times.
“The only commonly touched, shared surface in the entire facility will be the buckets themselves,” Cappelli said. “Our staff will be sanitizing these buckets between every use and only placing them back into rotation once they have been appropriately disinfected.”
Camden County officials said they have heard from "countless residents" who have hoped to return to the range, "for stress relief, exercise, and even rehabilitation of injuries."
"We are excited to be able to offer this service to our community once again and ask that all patrons work to help us maintain a safe and friendly environment when visiting the range," Cappelli said.
The Camden County Driving Range will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.