LIVINGSTON, NJ — Under the governor’s executive order allowing non-contact sports to resume outdoors in New Jersey, the Township of Livingston has officially opened its fields to the public beginning at 6 a.m. daily with restrictions. The Livingston Dog Park was also opened earlier this month, and the Mervyn VT Haines community pool will be opened on Friday.

Beginning Monday, residents are now able to utilize the township’s fields and courts for non-contact sports that do not involve person-to-person contact or routinely entail individuals interacting within six feet of one another, including football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball and baseball/softball.

Any residents who are displaying or whose family members have displayed any symptoms of COVID-19 should not use the fields. Any residents who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should also not use the fields. 

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Residents using the fields must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Each person should bring all of his or her own equipment. Sharing of equipment is discouraged as much as possible. If equipment is shared, the player must be aware of the proper sanitation procedures for shared equipment (i.e. consult CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfection of balls, bats, etc.) and have sufficient disinfecting wipes or similar products available.
  • Each person should bring his or her own water and drinks to practice activities. Group water coolers for sharing through disposable cups should not be used.
  • Players should use their own hand sanitizer before and after play.
  • All surfaces touched must be wiped with disinfecting wipes.
  • Players should dispose of all trash and bring all personal belongings, water bottles, sporting equipment, etc. with them when they leave. Nothing should be left behind at the field, as doing so will put the health of the township employees at risk.

CLICK HERE to view the New Jersey Department of Health Guidance for Sports Activities.

Several of the same rules apply to use of the Livingston Dog Park.

In addition to the standard rules and regulations for use of the Livingston Dog Park, which can be found HERE, the park has reopened with the following COVID-19-related restrictions for all users:

  • Keep at least a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Visit the park at off-peak hours.
  • If there is not enough room at the dog park to socially distance, come back another day during off-peak hours.
  • Sanitize hands immediately before and immediately after opening and closing gates.
  • Sanitize hands before, during and after using park.
  • Do not pet other people’s dogs.
  • Wear face coverings while at the park.

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. Dog owners must contact the Livingston Health Department at 973-535-7961 to apply for a Dog Park Pass, which must be worn by all dogs along with a valid license.

CLICK HERE for more information and guidelines for the opening of Livingston's summer camp and pools. 

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