In his daily press conference on Tuesday, Governor Murphy announced that all state and county parks will be closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Murphy made the decision after seeing “too many instances where people have gathered in groups in parks erroneously thinking since they are outside social distancing doesn’t matter.”
Even under this stay at home order, Murphy encourages people to go outside and exercise, though cautions that people should do this close to home and make sure to abide by social distancing rules. Some town parks may remain open, though many have already made the decision to close on their own.
It isn’t just parks that are closed indefinitely, public schools will be closed until further notice as well, and he extended the state of emergency by 30 days, keeping the stay at home order in place until early May. He also waived the 2019-2020 school year assessment requirements for students, to make sure that no students are left behind or penalized due to the pandemic. The state also kicked off its free At-Home learning this week, giving supplemental programing on public access TV to students who are missing out on school.
This aggressive action against coronavirus is one of the reasons WalletHub has ranked New Jersey so highly in its recent rankings.
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