Update: Tuesday morning, a Passaic County official told TAPinto Hawthorne that, as of this writing, "county parks are not closed" but "Passaic County does encourage social distancing, so residents are instructed not to gather in groups or crowds in any area of the park."  This information corrects previous statements from local authorities.  Goffle Brook Park is owned by Passaic County, not the Borough of Hawthorne.

HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Police Department and the Borough of Hawthorne released a statement Monday morning advising residents that Goffle Brook Park was closed.  The decision was made by the Passaic County Sheriff's Office and Passaic County Parks Department.  The park is closed to vehicular and foot traffic "until further notice".

The borough further informed residents that the Hawthorne High School track is also closed until further notice.

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A week and a half ago, signs had been installed throughout the park telling locals not to congregate in groups as part of the effort to promote social distancing measures.  The picnic areas, playground, and dog run had been closed but the walking paths were still open, on the provision that people did not gather.  "If this request is ignored we will be forced to close our parks," the signs read.

Some locals bemoaned the decision online, as the park and track provide an outlet for escapism and exercise in a time when authorities want residents to stay at home, whereas others supported the decision in the interests of protecting public health.

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