CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz announced that borough parks will reopen for "passive recreation" on Friday, May 15, at the virtual meeting of the Borough of Chatham Council on Monday evening.

Residents should continue to practice social distancing of six feet and wear cloth facemasks in all settings where social distancing is not possible. Residents are prohibited from picnicking, setting up chairs or bringing coolers to the park.

The passive recreation activities allowed are: hiking, walking, running/jogging, biking, bird watching, dog walking and fishing.

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Mayor Kobylarz reported that three female residents ages 87, 95 and 91 had died due to Coronavirus-related illnesses. As of noon Monday, the total confirmed cases in the borough is 54, with eight hospitalizations and six reported deaths.

"We are beginning to trend in the right direction," Kobylarz said. "Although this is promising news, we are not out of the woods yet."

In other business, the council unanimously adopted an ordinance that makes the intersection of Hedges and Weston avenues a "Stop" intersection ... administrator Steve Williams reported that the brief power outage experienced by a wide range of borough residents on Sunday morning was caused by a squirrel making contact with a wire on Watchung Avenue.