WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor on Monday thanked community members for cooperation with social distancing following town parks partial reopening Saturday after their nearly month-long closure due to coronavirus.

The town reopened most municipal parks for foot traffic but kept the parks closed to vehicular traffic and advised that they would also be prohibiting street parking near to Tamaques Park to create social distancing.

“I want to extend tremendous thanks to the community for the vast cooperation that was brought to the parks and fields this weekend,” Brindle said in her COVID-19 update Monday. “Our Police Department indicated that there were no major issues to report, and I am grateful for the consideration extended by all those who came out to enjoy the beautiful weather.”

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She reminded the public to discard of gloves and masks appropriately.

The partial opening of municipal parks in Westfield came along with the opening of state and county parks.

While Gov. Phil Murphy had advised the public to wear masks to stem the spread of COVID-19, he said Monday, that not enough people were seen wearing the face coverings.

“I’d say probably 80-90% of the folks were not wearing masks,” Murphy said in his Monday press briefing. “That’s something we have to continue to pound upon.”

Passive recreation at town parks wasn’t the only popular weekend activity in Westfield, Brindle reported.

“Our first Saturday at the Conservation Center was also a big success, with no wait times reported by the DPW,” she said. “We have sold more than 1,200 permits to date, which is on par with previous years’ sales through the end of April.”

TAPinto Wayne Publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith contributed reporting.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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