On May 7, 2020, music was playing, people were singing, and people were gathering in Modick Park in Hopatcong, NJ. So, how can this be possible under the executive order from the Governor?
Hopatcong Lake Regional News stopped by the park at about 12:45 PM on May 6, 2020, to check on the gathering, as there wasn’t an event posted on Hopatcong’s Borough Facebook page.
Upon investigation what we found was a 30-year tradition that has been taking place at Modick Park in Hopatcong, as local churches from around the region gather for a united prayer vigil.
We had the opportunity to speak to the Organizer and Singer who wished to remain anonymous, that stated.
It was a week ago, and I was walking through Modick Park not envying telling everyone that this year the tradition that we all love, would have to take a pause for a year. “I heard God say… You can still continue…” And I knew at that moment we could still continue the tradition.
While the event was meant to be a prayer vigil. The organizer went on to explain… “Someone brought a microphone, and a couple of the church members brought their instruments and equipment not knowing what to expect. So, God provided.”
When asked about the social distancing, the organizer explained, “Everyone is doing a good job, they have masks, they are well separated in this big park, and the only ones that are close, are family members.”
As the news agency took the following pictures, we found during our brief stay that people were maintaining the 6-foot distance as they picked up the literature after the 1-hour gathering.
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