MORRISTOWN, NJ - Despite the order from Governor Murphy closing all county and state parks, Morristown and Morris Township parks will remain open said, officials.

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty announced during his daily briefing today, that Morristown parks will remain open for "passive recreation". 

"As of now, our parks will stay open for passive recreation", said Mayor Dougherty. Passive recreation means walking, stretching, exercising, he said.

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"We have to be vigilant in what we do in our parks. There's no gatherings. It's not there to get together. It's there for passive recreation", said Dougherty.

Mayor Dougherty asks people to have their face masks with them in the parks and to keep their physical distance from others. He stated that due to the closures of the county and state parks, there may be larger number in the Morristown parks and that the Morristown Police will be monitoring those parks more closely.

Officials from Morris Township announced that "Township parks will remain open for passive and social distance approved walking'.

Playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts and baseball, softball, football and soccer fields will remain closed.

The Morris County Park Police will patrol park areas to ensure the public is following the Governor's directives to limit the spread of COVID-19.


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