WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ -- Recreation facilities in Fairfield and North Caldwell remain locked down and have been since Oct. 9 due to the latest COVID-19 precautions, which recently were ramped back up to levels not imposed since last spring. 

All fields in Fairfield, including the turf field at Hollywood Park, baseball and soccer fields, remain closed until at least Friday, Oct. 23, according to the Fairfield Police Department.

Travel sports will be prohibited in the township before that date. The Fairfield police are patrolling the park as well to assist the parks department in making sure people are complying with these edicts. "

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Do not jump the fence at the turf field (it’s not just kids). The walking path remains open," the Fairfield Police Department posted on its Facebook page.

The closures in Fairfield initially were to be lifted Sunday, Oct. 18, but have been extended.

The Borough of North Caldwell also paused all borough recreation offerings and closed all recreation facilities through Oct. 23 "out of an abundance of caution and based upon recommendations from our local health department.  Recreation offerings will be re-opened in accordance with all guidance provided by the local health department."

Adult tennis in North Caldwell was permitted to resume last Wednesday, Oct. 14. Walking paths at the parks remain open.

North Caldwell "continues to monitor the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the West Essex community.  The Borough re-evaluates new information frequently throughout each day and will provide an update on Monday, October 19," according to a posting on the North Caldwell municipal site.

According to official data provided by Essex County, there have been 18 new positive tests for COVID-19 in Fairfield over the last week, and six new positive tests for the virus in North Caldwell over that same period of time, from Oct. 11-18.