LIVINGSTON, NJ — On a day when Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans to allow state and county parks and golf courses to reopen, Livingston saw its first day without an increase in number of COVID-19 cases within the township.

As of Wednesday morning, there were 389 confirmed cases in Livingston and 51 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, according to county reports, which may vary from other data. 

Also on Wednesday, the governor announced an executive order that will take effect at sunrise on Saturday allowing state and county parks to reopen. The governor will continue to mandate social-distancing measures and will leave it up to county officials to decide whether to open their parks. 

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The Riker Hill Art Park and Becker Park in Livingston, which are both part of the Essex County Parks System, were among the local parks forced to close earlier this month. 

The status of municipal parks will continue to be at the discretion of local governments. Livingston and many neighboring townships had already closed their parks prior to the governor's executive order mandating closure of state and county parks.

There were 2,481 new cases of COVID-19 reported across the state on Wednesday, which represents the third-consecutive day that new cases have been below 2,700 statewide after they had exceeded 3,000 in seven of the eight previous days.