NEW JERSEY — (Updated at 1:24 p.m.) Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he intends to sign an executive order to reopen New Jersey’s state parks and allow golf courses and county parks to reopen.
The order will take effect at sunrise on Saturday, May 2. Social distancing will continue to be mandated, however.
“We cannot have everyone rushing out to a park or golf course,” Murphy said in his daily press briefing. “Social distancing will be strictly enforced.”
Murphy has come under fire from many New Jersey residents for closing state and county parks, where people could go on hikes or walks to exercise and get out of their homes to get fresh air.
He said, however, that the decision to reopen parks was based on science, data and facts.“Please enjoy the parks this weekend, but stay away from each other,” Murphy said. “Do not congregate. Wear a face covering. Be responsible.”