PATERSON, NJ - While Paterson officials are not taking “victory laps” when it comes to the battle against COVID-19, the data, including hospitalizations and infection rates, are dropping enough to allow for residents to take laps in two more city parks.

On Friday, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced that Roberto Clemente Jr. Park and Pennington Park will both be open again for passive recreation. Playgrounds will remain closed and all visitors are asked to maintain social distancing. 

Eastside Park and The Great Falls National Park were previously reopened, putting the total at four of the city’s 52 parks that are currently available for use.

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With the daily infection rate plummeting from a high of 262 positive cases on April 16 to an average of 20 over the last three days, Sayegh shared his hope that more parks will be able to be reopened soon.

As he did prior to the previous two openings, Public Safety Director  Jerry Speziale shared that COVID-19 enforcement and patrol units will be patrolling the areas and will remove anyone not in compliance with established best health practices.

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