Friday, May 1, 2020

First Steps

 On Thursday-30-April New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 133 that will reopen golf courses and State Parks for passive recreational activities effective Saturday-2-May beginning at 6:00a. Later in the day Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced that he will issue an Executive Order re-opening most sites within Bergen County’s Park System and golf courses also effective Saturday-2-May.  It will still be required to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  guidelines.  This includes the wearing of  cloth face masks , and maintaining a minimum distance of six feet from others. Excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners. Certain ares with-in State Parks will remain closed. These are:
Picnic areas; 
- Playgrounds; 
 - Exercise stations and equipment; 
 - Chartered watercraft services and rentals;
 - Swimming;
 -Pavilions;  along with no picnicking in all Parks and Forests
 -Other buildings or facilities, including, but not limited to, visitor centers, interpretive centers, and interior historical sites.
-Miniature golf courses and driving ranges, as well as other places of public amusement, shall remain closed.
  In Bergen County Bergen County Zoo and the McFaul Environmental Center will remain closed
All State Parks and Forests shall open to the public to engage in the following passive recreational activities in which social distancing can be readily achieved: 
- Fishing;
- Hunting;
- Boating; 
- Canoeing; 
- Hiking; 
- Walking;
- Running or jogging; 
- Biking; 
- Birding; 
- Horseback riding. 
Available parking will be limited at all State Parks and Forests to 50% of the maximum capacity at one time, and visitors shall be prohibited from parking in undesignated areas, including in roadways and other undesignated areas.
  Many local parks are still available for walking and jogging. Each Municipality may also impose additional restrictions on the ability of residential campgrounds, including mobile home parks, to accept new transient guests or seasonal tenants. Please contact local authorizes for local restrictions. 

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