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NJ community gardens, batting cages among outdoor recreation allowed to reopen, Murphy says

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Posted at 1:40 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 05:34:34-04

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced several outdoor recreation in New Jersey are allowed to reopen Friday as the state continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Murphy said during his daily coronavirus briefing he would sign an executive order allowing particular outdoor businesses to reopen and restart beginning Friday at 6 a.m.

This includes batting cages, golf, shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs and community gardens.

Golfers are also allowed to “tee off” in foursomes rather than doubles, Murphy added.

“We have begun to reopen our economy by focusing on industries and activities in which social distancing can be most readily maintained and public health and safety can be most readily protected,” Murphy said.

The governor credited the reopening of these industries because data in the past weeks have shown significant progress and indicates the state can move forward in reopening.

Though more outdoor recreation is opening, Murphy reminded everyone to continue to practice social distancing and proper hygiene.

Reopening of outdoor recreation coincides with the date Jersey Shore beaches will open under strict guidelines.

New Jersey has reported over 148,000 confirmed cases and over 10,000 deaths.