NJ mayor asks runners to avoid main street, citing COVID-19 risk to outdoor diners

Morristown New Jersey
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By 1010 WINS

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- The mayor of a New Jersey town has asked runners to avoid using one of its main streets, citing possible health risks to outdoor diners. 

In a letter posted to Morristown, New Jersey’s Facebook page, Mayor Timothy Dougherty implored runners to “consider NOT using South Street as a running path during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Restaurants along South Street have been offering outdoor dining, and patrons don’t wear face coverings while they are eating and drinking, making them vulnerable to germs spread by passersby, Dougherty said. 

“There is some evidence that runners should practice a 12-16 feet of social and physical distance due to their heavier breathing, which would be difficult to do while running along South Street,” he wrote. “Simply put, our downtown is just too busy with outdoor diners and pedestrian traffic to practically and safely social and physical distance."

Joggers seeking an alternative to South Street could consider running on and in Morristown’s “many beautiful side roads, trails and parks,” he added.