SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Following the announcement by Gov. Murphy on Wednesday that lifted the order closing state and county parks, the Township of Scotch Plains will reopen access to municipal parks for "passive recreation" on Saturday, May 2, at 9:00 a.m.  
 
Playgrounds, rest rooms, basketball courts, and picnic areas will remain closed, while organized formal or informal play on athletic fields is still prohibited, according to Mayor Al Smith. Further, following the Governor's directive, "social distancing will continue to be mandated" and facial coverings are strongly recommended, but not required at this point. Social distancing practices should remain in place.    
 
Scotch Hills Country Club golf course is planned to re-open on Wednesday, May 5, according to Township Manager Al Mirabella. Scotch Plains will still adhere to established state guidelines and the CDC to prevent the spread of the virus.  Additional sanitation measures have been implemented at the golf course to mitigate risk and reduce the spread of germs.  
 
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Details on a more specific timeline and guidelines for golf play will be shared on Township websites and social media pages.

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