FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2020
Caryn Shinske (609) 984-1795
Lawrence Hajna (609) 292-2994
(20/P011) TRENTON – New Jersey residents visiting state parks, forests and wildlife management areas are urged to follow specific practices to promote social distancing and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe reiterated today.
State parks and forest trails are open, but all buildings, including bathrooms, are closed. All public shooting ranges also are closed until further notice. Visitors are reminded to keep a minimum six-foot distance from others during their visits.
“Our parks and forests remain open for passive recreation,” Commissioner McCabe said. “New Jersey residents need access to spaces for outdoor recreation more than ever for the opportunity to take a break from time indoors and for physical exercise. We encourage these visits as long as the public is mindful of keeping their distance from others, and we thank our conservation partners for their efforts in promoting how to enjoy nature safely.”
Entrance fees are not being charged at state parks and forests. Trails are open for exercise such as walking, fishing, hiking and biking as long as social distancing requirements are observed.
The DEP and Division of Parks and Forestry offer the following tips for enjoying New Jersey’s parks while protecting public health:
“While visiting, each resident must remember to do his or her part to flatten the curve to slow the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19,” said Division of Parks and Forestry Director Olivia Glenn. “And flattening the curve starts with visiting the park or forest closest to you and respecting the personal space of those who may be around you.”
New Jersey State Park Police and State Park Service are patrolling properties and will reinforce social distancing guidelines to help promote New Jersey’s public health and safety. State Park Police can be reached via the 24-hour dispatch center at 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337).
For a video about social distancing protocols, visit: https://youtu.be/x4hc2d0ZKAM
Visit www.spstrailtracker.nj.gov to find a park near you.
Visit https://covid19.nj.gov/ to learn more about COVID-19 in New Jersey.
New Jersey residents may call 211 with questions or concerns about COVID-19, and to learn resources available to them.
Residents may also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to subscribe to text message updates on NJ COVID-19.
Follow the New Jersey State Park Service on Instagram @newjerseystateparks.
Follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP.