Reopening NJ: Outdoor amusement parks, water parks and playgrounds to reopen on July 2, Gov. Murphy says

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NEW JERSEY — Outdoor amusement parks and playgrounds in New Jersey are allowed to reopen ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday.

Beginning July 2, outdoor amusement parks and water parks can reopen at a 50% capacity. This includes rides on the state’s boardwalks, according to the governor.

Playgrounds will also be able to reopen July 2.

Specific guidance will be announced at a later date, but standard regulations, including face coverings, consistent cleaning, strict hygiene protocols and social distancing measures are mandatory, Murphy said.

“With next week’s July Fourth holiday weekend rapidly approaching, and with families rightfully looking for ways to enjoy their time off together, we want to make it known that yes, the rides will be in operation,” he said.

“I know the last thing anyone wants is a face-covering tan. I know many people think that just because the weather is hot, they can’t catch the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. I know many young people think this virus isn’t after them. In every case, you are wrong,” Murphy warned.

“Social distancing is the only thing that has allowed us to crush the curve over the past three months and what has allowed us to catch up to a virus that has no vaccine and no proven therapeutic,” Murphy said.

The announcement comes as the state has continued to see progress in its battle against COVID-19. The state’s health department has reported 169,734 confirmed cases of the virus, with a death toll of 12,949.

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