NUTLEY, NJ - The Township of Nutley advised that DeMuro Park may be closed indefinitely if social distancing guidelines are not followed. The statement was issued Tues. Apr. 14 following reports of residents not adhering to protocols during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The statement from the Township of Nutley, Department of Parks and Recreation reads:

"Our administration has responded to numerous reports that have been made regarding larger numbers of residents than permitted walking/exercising at DeMuro Track located on Margaret Avenue, despite the signage posted regarding social distancing.  In the best interest of our community, if these calls persist we will be forced to close the track indefinitely and ask that residents find alternate places to exercise.  Please abide by the rules and help us keep our residents safe." 

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On Mon. Apr. 13, TAPinto Nutley published an article addressing the issue of residents not following guidelines: Nutley's Demuro Park Unmasked: A Social Hub  After publishing the article, and before the notice from Parks and Rec, TAPinto Nutley continued to receive messages from members of the community about groups walking together and gathering on the bleachers. 

As of the Tuesday Morning Office of Emergency Management Report, there are 280 known cases of COVID-19. The Township of Nutley suffered 22 deaths due to coronavirus to date. 

The full text of the notice from the Township of Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation follows:

DeMuro Track Guidelines

Efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 have included the closures of may parks and public gathering areas around the state. Under these various government orders, the scope of where you can go and what you can do is changing.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, now recommends that people wear non-medical face masks or face coverings in public.  DeMuro Track has been permitted to remain open at this time.

Whether it’s your sidewalk or a township track, walking remains an excellent option to break up a long day at home as long as you continue to practice social distancing.  The suggested distance is 6 feet but when at all possible the further apart the better.

Our administration has responded to numerous reports that have been made regarding larger numbers of residents than permitted walking/exercising at DeMuro Track located on Margaret Avenue, despite the signage posted regarding social distancing.  In the best interest of our community, if these calls persist we will be forced to close the track indefinitely and ask that residents find alternate places to exercise.  Please abide by the rules and help us keep our residents safe.  Parks and Recreation Department personnel will be monitoring the area moving forward.

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