Residents enjoy recreational activity at Thompson Park ahead of new restrictions


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MONROE – Residents enjoyed some recreational activity at Thompson Park – the largest park in the Middlesex County Park System, which is located in Monroe Township and Jamesburg – ahead of Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement of new restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic on March 21.

Bathroom facilities and playgrounds were closed to the public.

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The new restrictions took effect at 9 p.m. on March 21, which Murphy announced during a press conference earlier in the day.

The new standards for businesses are as follows: Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled unless explicitly authorized by Executive Order 107. Centers for Disease Control guidance defines a gathering to include conferences, large meetings, parties, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies.

Non-essential retail businesses must close storefront and/or brick-and-mortar premises operations while Executive Order 107 is in effect. And all recreational and entertainment businesses must close to the public and personal-care businesses that by their very nature result in noncompliance with social distancing must be closed to the public and remain closed as long as this order remains in effect.

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