NUTLEY, NJ - Despite repeated notices and alerts about social distancing and wearing masks, residents took to the track in DeMuro Park with no evidence of heeding social distancing or mask guidelines.
DeMuro is one of the township's more unique parks because it is owned by the Township of Nutley and the Nutley Board of Education. Nutley High School Track and Field practices are held at DeMuro, When Nutley hosts other towns to compete, they meet at DeMuro. With spring sports on hiatus, DeMuro has become the realm of the walkers.
At about 7 p.m. Monday evening, there were about 20 people circling the track at the park. Some were in pairs, but at times the various pairs were close to each other and chatted, at a distance much less than six feet. Of those at the track, only two were seen wearing a mask. The walkers could best be described as middle-aged.
Social distancing (not visiting, staying at least six feet away from others) has been an ongoing protocol for several weeks in Nutley. Wearing masks in public has been discussed, and repeated, and written about over and over.
As of 9 a.m. this morning, there are 271 confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Nutley. The community has suffered 18 deaths to date.