Island Beach State Park to Close Under New State Order

Grant Boone
April 9, 2020

New Jersey now has 1,504 coronavirus deaths, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily press briefing.

The order takes effect at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. The closure does not just shutter the park, located in South Seaside Park, but is an extension of existing social distancing rules that will now include all state parks and forests as well as county parks.

"We have seen far too many instances where people have gathered in groups in parks erroneously thinking since they are outside social distancing doesn't matter", the governor said.

State officials reported Tuesday the coronavirus death toll in New Jersey has increased to 1,232, while total cases in the state have hit 44,416. We understand staying at home is hard, we get that, and that you need to get some fresh air. At the same time, all state parks in New Jersey will close indefinitely as well, including Wharton State Forest which stretches into the southeastern part of the county.

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"We've got a really tough three weeks ahead of us and this is gonna make a huge difference", Murphy said as he walked through the temporary hospital. "And again, don't think that I take this action lightly". Municipalities will determine whether local parks will be kept open.

"Some of my fondest memories with my own children are lovely spring days in parks playing soccer and enjoying our family", the governor tweeted.

Parks and facilities will remain closed, and programs cancelled until further notice. Save yourself the trip and STAY HOME to help limit the spread of COVID-19. "But my focus, and my sole mission in life right now, is the health of every New Jersey family".

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