HAWTHORNE, NJ - With spring back, and with residents staying at home more than ever, a number of locals have taken to Goffle Brook Park to stretch their legs, bask in the sunshine, and breathe fresh air.

In fact, so many have been doing so that the Passaic County Parks Department has installed warning signs throughout the park to remind locals to keep their distance.  This is to help enforce social distancing behavior mandated by all levels of government to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

"Please practice social distancing," signs read, "do not congregate in large groups.  If this request is disregarded we will be forced to close our parks."

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The dog run in the park is also closed, with a similar warning.  Likewise, the picnic area with its many tables is off-limits.

Social distancing calls for the maintenance of at least six feet from individuals.  People are also advised to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, as well as to cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow to reduce the spread of germs.

In the meantime, for now at least, residents can still make use of the verdant, rolling hills of Goffle Brook Park and its pathways, so long as they keep a friendly distance.

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