Middlesex County announces changes to transit program, closure of golf courses during COVID-19 outbreak

Eric Sucar

During the COVID-19 outbreak, some regular services in Middlesex County have been altered, including the Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) program and county golf courses.

“Middlesex County has been working around the clock to ensure our residents do not lose the vital services they rely on every day. While our lives and daily routines have been impacted, we want you to know where to look for resources that remain in place, or that have been altered, during this crisis,” Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said in a statement on March 23.

These announcements were made via a video circulated on the Middlesex County Facebook and Twitter pages. The video can be viewed at bcove.video/3borw3t

In that video, Rios also thanked the community for making changes to daily life in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“Though our way of life has temporarily been upended, it is important to remember that we are all in this together, and it is the power of the community – our community – that will see us through this outbreak,” Rios said.

MCAT has implemented changes in service. It will no longer be operating any of our five fixed route shuttles which follow a set schedule; however, it will continue to operate services for essential travel for those 60 and older and disabled residents of Middlesex County. Registration and advanced reservations are required.

For more information, visit Middlesexcountynj.gov or call 732-745-7456.

Based on a directive from the State of New Jersey, Middlesex County is temporarily closing its golf courses until further notice, effective March 22. These courses include Tamarack, Raritan Landing, and The Meadows.

For more information, visit Middlesexcountygolf.com.

To protect public safety and health, Middlesex County playgrounds, campgrounds, visitor centers, restrooms and similar facilities have been closed, but roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas remain open. Activities like walking, running, hiking and bike riding are encouraged.

Park visitors are reminded that even when outdoors, social distancing – staying 6 feet apart from others – should be practiced.