TRENTON, NJ - State and county parks and golf courses in New Jersey will be reopening on Saturday.
Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement on Twitter. This executive order will take effect at sunrise on Saturday. The Governor will continue to mandate social distancing measures, however.
The status of municipal parks will continue to be at the discretion of local town governments. Many towns in the area had already closed their parks prior to the Governor's executive order mandating closure of state and county parks.
While Murphy did not say that park visitors must wear masks, he did "strongly recommend" people utilizing state and county parks cover their faces. The Governor also stressed that park visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
New Jersey residents have been under a stay-at-home order since March 21. During his press briefing, Murphy did say that if state and county park visitors did not follow social distancing guidelines, the parks would be closed once again. While other states have been preparing to ease their stay-at-home restrictions in May, Murphy said on Tuesday that New Jersey is "weeks away" from reopening.
Dawn Miller contributed to this report