TRENTON, NJ - State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) has reiterated his call to re-open New Jersey parks and golf courses which have been closed to the public as part of Gov. Phil Murphy's strategy to minimize personal contact and minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“It’s no secret that times are tense across our nation and throughout the world,” said Bateman. “Overreaching restrictions do more harm than good. If people are able to maintain social distancing guidelines, they should be allowed to utilize all of the state’s open spaces.”

Gov. Phil Murphy has mandated the closure of all state and county parks, as well as golf courses, until further notice.

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However, Bateman said that exercise is an essential activity.

“There is something inherently therapeutic about taking a walk or going for a bike ride after spending all day inside. Nature and sunshine do a world of good for both our physical and mental health. We should encourage more New Jerseyans to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Garden State,” Bateman said.

Last week the Somerset County Park Commission said it would curtail all programs and activities in the park system because of a significant loss of revenue from the five golf courses it operates. All county golf courses and parks remain closed.