Liberty State Park is now closed indefinitely due to COVID-19 concerns, by order of Governor Phil Murphy.
“We’ve seen far too many instances in our parks where people are gathering and socializing in groups,” said the Governor. “We need to #FlattenTheCurve.”
BREAKING: To further social distancing, I’m signing an Executive Order closing ALL:
🏞️State parks and forests
We’ve seen far too many instances in our parks where people are gathering and socializing in groups. We need to #FlattenTheCurve.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) April 7, 2020
While most municipal parks in our area have been closed for weeks, Liberty State Park—which is run by the State of New Jersey—remained open, with the hope that the 1,212-acre park could continue to serve as an oasis for those in our region looking to get outside. However reports indicate that despite the massive size of the park, social distancing protocols were still widely ignored.
“I do not take this action lightly. Some of my fondest memories with my own children are beautiful spring days in parks playing soccer and enjoying our family,” said Murphy. “But my focus, and my sole mission in life right now, is the health of every New Jersey family.”
— hMAG (@hMAG) April 2, 2020