PISCATAWAY, NJ – Saturday’s weather was sunny and warm, with highs in the mid-70s, which brought out some Piscataway families to county and state parks that reopened after being closed for several weeks as part of NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

As the state moves forward with plans to reopen various types of businesses in stages, health officials continue to stress the importance of safety protocols while around other people.

"This weekend will be a huge test for all of us,” Murphy said on Friday about the need to maintain social distancing and to continue wearing face masks while in a park, even though the numbers of positive cases were showing signs of slowing down. "If we see what we saw in the first weekend of April....we will not hesitate to re-close the parks.”

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At Middlesex County’s Johnson Park in Piscataway, park rangers were on patrol keeping watch as families came out to ride bikes, jog and walk their dogs on Saturday. While not everyone did so, some park-goers kept on their face coverings as they enjoyed the 478-acre park's long, twisting pathways.

And several signs were posted throughout the grounds reminding everyone to maintain 6-foot distances from each other.

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