New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Orders State & County Parks to be Closed

High Point State Park; Photo: Vicky Smith

High Point State Park; Photo: Vicky Smith

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has ordered all state and county parks to close amid the growing coronavirus outbreak. According to his official Twitter account, they've "seen far too many instances in our parks where people are gathering and socializing in groups."

Murphy said he does not take this action lightly but his "focus, and sole mission in life right now, is the health of every New Jersey family."

This means popular local spots like High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest will be shuttered until further notice.

As for municipal parks, the decision to close is being left up to the local municipalities.

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