HOBOKEN, NJ - Game on, game off, game on again—for now. That's the situation on Hoboken's public basketball courts, as people attempt re-engaging in physical activities while still managing the threat of COVID -19.

Following the initial prolonged closure, public basketball courts opened briefly in the city at the end of June—only to be shut down again after issues of overcrowding and rule violations were widely observed. With Governor Murphy giving the green light to more contact sports, Hoboken will temporarily re-open outdoor basketball courts at Church Square Park and Elysian Park starting Wednesday morning, July 22.

Regulations are as follows:

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  • No more than 10 people total on a court at once
  • Players waiting to play must wear a face mask, and must enter and leave the basketball courts wearing a face mask
  • BYOB—bring your own beverages
  • If coming to practice or shoot around, please bring/use your own basketball as much as possible.
  • Bring sanitizer

"I ask those playing to please follow these regulations and social distance whenever possible to protect the health and safety of everyone around them," said Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

"We feel confident in an outdoor setting and with the proper public health and safety protocols in place and being followed these sports, as we predicted, may resume," Governor Murphy said on Monday. 

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