MORRISTOWN, NJ - Dreary, chilly weather Sunday did not deter participants from joining in a march to protest another COVID-19 lockdown, an event that took place in Morristown and Morris Township and was led by Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling, a Roxbury resident.

The "March for Your Rights" began at 10 a.m. at the Morris Township Police Department. The group walked up Woodland Avenue to South Street and then went to Morristown Town Hall.

Darling, a lawyer and former county freeholder, is a member of a new non-partisan organization called We the People NJ that organized the event. The group contends New Jersey's residents and small businesses cannot endure a second lockdown.

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Several hours after the march ended, Gov. Phil Murphy's office announced Murphy signed Executive Order No. 200 on Sunday extending the Public Health Emergency first declared on March 9. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed. 

“Despite the hope that is on the horizon, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over,” said Murphy“We continue to utilize all resources available and will need the ability to do so as we battle this virus through the second wave that has enveloped our nation and our state."