Updated: 5/29/2020 - 10:00 p.m.

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps, and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are:

  • Child care centers (June 15)
  • Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
  • Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July 6) 

"As we prepare to take the first true steps of our restart and recovery, and as more and more workers prepare to get back out to their jobs, we must ensure a continuum of care for their children," Murphy said in announcing the June 15 reopening for childcare centers.

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"We are still waiting for guidelines from the state," said Vishal Ajwani, who owns Lightbridge Academy in Fanwood, NJ. "We have been open for the children of essential workers., Our full intention is to reopen on June 15 and we are getting ready. Parents truly need childcare, and we are excited to open again and serve the community." 

Organized sports will be able to restart on June 22. However, at that time, activities will be limited to sports activities conducted outdoors, and there can be no contact drills or activities for the time being.

"For the countless kids who have been looking forward to playing baseball or softball or soccer or other sports, we are proud to take this step," Murphy said. "We want you to have an active summer with your friends, playing the sport you love, but at the same time while protecting your health."

Beginning Monday, July 6, day camps -- including municipal summer recreation programs -- will be allowed to operate. However, some towns across the region, including Scotch Plains, had already announced the cancellation of its summer camp. 

"We want our children to be able to enjoy their summer with friends, participating in the activities that create lifelong memories. And we know day camp is one of those memory-building places. Our camps are also places that give older kids a chance to have their first jobs as counselors," Murphy said. "We are pleased that these opportunities for growth and leadership will also be open this summer. In each of these instances, sports leagues and day camps, the Department of Health will be releasing the health and safety standards that will allow for this Order to be properly followed."

Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo reacted to the announcement on Friday afternoon.