MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty provided residents with a daily update on parks, the Primary election and Governor Murphy's 2 newest Executive Orders and how they effect residents.

On Tuesday, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order closing state and county parks. 

"Municipalities have the option of closing or leaving their parks open", said Dougherty. 

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A few weeks ago, Morristown closed playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts. Mayor Dougherty will not be closing the parks, as of now.

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

"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.

Governor Murphy signed several executive orders today. Mayor Dougherty explained that the Primary Elections have been moved to July 7, 2020 and all non-essential construction is to stop by 8pm Friday evening.

Mayor Dougherty plans on speaking with the town's legal department to find out what that means exactly. He will have more information as that comes out, he said. 


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