Governor Phil Murphy said he will reopen state and county parks and golf courses, effective May 2, to bring New Jersey’s recreational policies in line with neighboring states.
The governor said he made the decision based on “data, science, fact,” and not because of protests from some residents and opposition from some lawmakers. New Jersey has seen consistent reductions in some key data, including hospitalizations, Murphy said. While infections and deaths from the new coronavirus continue to increase, they do so at a slower pace than a few weeks ago. The positivity rate of people tested also is declining, he said.