NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton has released Addendum Number 3 to the Local Emergency Proclamation allowing for limited use of the town parks. This most recent amendment reflects Governor Murphy’s easings of restrictions to state parks and golf courses.
Newton’s Emergency Coordinator, Kenneth Teets, who first declared a Local State of Emergency by way of Proclamation of Local Emergency 2020-1 in March, has issued the third addendum to this proclamation.
The newest addendum, released on Thursday, April 30, announces changes to rules related to the parks. They will go into effect as of 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2:
- Memory Park and Pine Street Park will be open for regular hours for non-group recreation such as walking, running, bicycling, and individual walking of animals, all to be done while practicing the recommended social distancing of staying at least six feet away from one another
- All sports and group activities, including picnics, in the parks, remain prohibited until further notice
- Playground equipment is still off limits to the public at this time
- Restrooms and port-a-johns are off limits to the public at this time
- Face coverings are recommended when social distancing is difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health and for children under two years of age
- Available parking must be limited at 50% of the maximum capacity at one time and visitors are prohibited from parking in undesignated areas
- The addendum also says it is found that opening the parks to non-group recreation such as walking, running, bicycling, and individual walking of animals results in group gatherings, the town will have no choice but to close all public access to the parks.
Addendum Number 1 was issued to add additional information regarding the proclamation of Local Emergency.
Addendum Number 2 was issued to address access to various municipal facilities and the scheduling of certain meetings