NEW JERSEY — As New Jersey state parks reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic, parks police have reported an unsettling “inordinate amount of urine and feces being left behind”
State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan announced the “disheartening” information during Gov. Phil Murphy’s coronavirus briefing Monday.
There is a "zero tolerance" policy for anyone who is caught in such a situation, Callahan said.
“The whole idea behind parks is to give citizens time to enjoy fresh air and have time outside,” he added.
"We understand restrooms are closed, but people should be planning accordingly and should not be urinating in bottles and leaving them behind," Callahan said.
Access to state parks could change if this behavior continues, Callahan warned.
Murphy added “you're not going to get a warning if we catch you.”
New Jersey state parks reopened on May 2. Parkgoers must follow social distancing rules and parking at all parks and golf courses is capped at 50% capacity.
Playgrounds, pavilions, visitor centers and restrooms will remain closed. Picnics, organized activities and team sports are still banned.