RARITAN TWP., N.J. - Just before New Jersey allowed gyms and fitness centers to operate in outdoor spaces, the Raritan Township Committee approved Tuesday the waiving or modification of ordinances to allow for that to happen within the township.

The ordinance allows for the use of some municipal parks and areas adjacent to fitness and wellness businesses with conditions.  Classes are limited to 100 people, including the instructor, or the limit set by the governor’s executive order.  

The exercises are limited to cardiovascular, yoga, Zumba, martial arts and resistant exercises.

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The parks available for outdoor exercise classes are Blackwell, Lenape and Minebrook.

In addition to outdoor exercise classes, the ordinance passed by the committee also allows for some businesses to operate outside adjacent to their buildings.

Retail businesses have been allowed to operate indoors at limited capacity since June 15.  

Businesses wanting to operate outdoors must apply for a permit to the zoning officer.  The ordinance will be active until Nov. 1 or when Gov. Phil Murphy lifts his executive order, whichever occurs first.