WESTFIELD, NJ — With five straight days of no new local COVID-19 cases reported as of Wednesday, the town is anticipated to lift certain restrictions still in effect at local parks.

Mayor Shelley Brindle announced that changes beginning at 8 a.m. Friday would include the reopening of certain parking lots, restrooms and permission for outdoor fitness classes of less than 25 people.

“The local health data is supportive of us continuing to lift restrictions in our parks for broader use, which is a credit to the community’s collective diligence and commitment to one another,” Brindle said.

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The changes, Brindle said, are as follows:

  • Parking lots will reopen at schools and parks. The exceptions will be in Mindowaskin Park, which remains closed to vehicular traffic as paving work continues, and Tamaques Park, where the current vehicular restrictions and traffic pattern will remain in place until organized sports are permitted to resume. The only open Tamaques parking lot will remain the one adjacent to the tennis courts. Cars must enter the park on Dickson Drive and exit on Lamberts Mill Road.
  • Park restrooms will reopen with an enhanced cleaning and sanitizing schedule.
  • Now that Westfield has the DPW back from staggered to full shifts, the town plans to resume Sunday trash collection in the parks.
  • Outdoor fitness classes can resume, provided they have fewer than 25 people who are socially distanced and the proper permits are secured for the use of public property.
  • Playgrounds and basketball courts remain closed, and organized sports are still prohibited. Masks are strongly encouraged in the parks, especially as more people will now be using them.

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