As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Ocean County’s 27 parks and natural lands sites are closed to the public. County officials say the move is an effort to stem the tide of the coronavirus pandemic. The new edict means all activities in the parks, including walking, are prohibited.
From the Asbury Park Press:
“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 news release. “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.”
The move follows the closures of beaches and boardwalks in nearby towns. Brick Township also announced Monday that it would close its municipal parks due to a lack of social distancing.