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TAKOMA PARK, MD - APRIL 06: Playground equipment is wrapped up in an effort to prevent people from spreading the coronoavirus at Belle Ziegler Park April 06, 2020 in Takoma Park, Maryland. Communities around the globe have reduced access to places people congregate in public and ordered many to shelter-in-place in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Governor Phil Murphy is ordering that state and county parks be closed, in an effort to enforce social-distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.  The governor says it appears the state’s directives are having their desired effect, and helping to “flatten the curve,” in terms of how fast the disease is spreading.  Murphy adds it’s vital to keep social-distancing, in order to maintain the trend, and keep from overwhelming the area’s hospitals.  He also waived certain requirements for some high school seniors, allowing them to graduate, despite the shortened school year.

Last month Murphy ordered the state’s schools closed for an indefinite period of time, and state-wide assessment testing has been cancelled.