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N.J. counties shutting down parks to slow coronavirus spread, but state parks still open

In line with Gov. Phil Murphy’s order Monday to tighten a state lockdown on public gatherings, parks in at least two New Jersey counties will be closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

“We had started to close some parks to the public last week in an effort to curtail large gatherings and because of a lack of social distancing,” Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines said in a statement.

Ocean County as of Monday had 874 cases of coronavirus, according to New Jersey health officials.

“Because the power of social distancing cannot be stressed enough, we are taking this next step and shutting down all of our parks and natural land sites to the public.”

“Parks and natural lands will be closed to the public starting at 6 p.m. (Tuesday) until further notice,” Ocean County officials said in a statement. There are 27 parks across the county

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