LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Township of Livingston announced on Friday that its recreational summer camp will open in July with several changes and variations after Gov. Phil Murphy officially lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps and non-contact youth sports.
The reopening dates are as follows, according to the state:
- Child care centers (June 15)
- Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
- Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July 6)
Livingston’s Senior Youth and Leisure Services (SYLS)—which runs all youth recreation programs, including the summer camp—wrote in a public statement on Friday that it will be updating its Standard Operating Procedures to address COVID-19 and will continue to follow recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep staff, campers and residents safe and healthy.”
“The governor has been watching the science and the numbers and deciding what he feels is appropriate to be opened,” said Livingston Mayor Rudy Fernandez. “We’ll be following the CDC guidelines as well as the state guidelines moving forward and making sure that when summer camps do open, it will be done with the safety of all the participants and employees in mind.”
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"We want our children to be able to enjoy their summer with friends, participating in the activities that create lifelong memories, and we know day camp is one of those memory-building places,” said Murphy. “Our camps are also places that give older kids a chance to have their first jobs as counselors.
“We are pleased that these opportunities for growth and leadership will also be open this summer. In each of these instances, sports leagues and day camps, the Department of Health will be releasing the health and safety standards that will allow for this Order to be properly followed."
In announcing the June 15 reopening for childcare centers, Murphy said that ensuring “a continuum of care” for the children of residents who will be preparing “to get back out to their jobs” was one of the natural “first true steps of our restart and recovery.”
Although organized sports will be able to restart on June 22, the governor explained that activities will be limited to those conducted outdoors and that no contact drills or activities will be permitted under this executive order.
"For the countless kids who have been looking forward to playing baseball or softball or soccer or other sports, we are proud to take this step," said Murphy. "We want you to have an active summer with your friends, playing the sport you love, but at the same time while protecting your health…
"The data continues to move in the right direction, and continues to be far down from the peak. We remain confident in our overall direction. We are able to take these steps because the data we are receiving every day from our hospitals and through testing are allowing us to determine these dates.”
The governor also said that his administration has been working closely with faith communities in the state to set a timetable for the return of indoor worship services.
As long as the state’s health metrics “continue to trend in the right direction,” Murphy said he anticipates being able to raise the limits on indoor gatherings “in a way that will allow for greater indoor religious services beginning the weekend of Friday, June 12.”
New Jersey had an additional 1,117 positive test results on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 158,844, according to the governor. He also reported that hospitals on Thursday night treated 2,707 patients for COVID-19, which is 90 fewer than Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the number of patients in either critical or intensive care was 720 on Friday, and the number of ventilators in use was 544. There were also 183 new hospitalizations on Thursday and 231 live discharges.
"The 183 is a welcome, meaningful decrease from yesterday's number," said Murphy. "We want to see that to continue to go in the right direction."
The governor also announced another 131 deaths due to COVID-19-related complications. According to Murphy, the statewide total now stands "at the almost unfathomable 11,531 precious lives lost."