New Jersey’s viral ‘hidden gem’ Lake shuts down because of overcrowding during Coronavirus, New Jersey

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New Jersey's viral 'hidden gem' Lake shuts down because of overcrowding during Coronavirus

Coronavirus has been there for a long time now, and people now seem to have lost the understanding how dangerous it is, still. The recent example of carelessness was witnessed at New Jersey’s ‘hidden gem’ Lake Solitude, when locals overcrowded the place amid COVID-19. The picturesque lake was well-protected for years until some popular TikTokers made the lake viral by sharing the pictures on their social media platform.

Soon, people started pouring in from all over and overcrowded the 35 ac gorgeous and unspoilt lake. Along came portable speakers, kids, food, and loads and loads of trash. Given its sudden popularity, officials had to instal extra garbage cans to accommodate the trash and stop people from polluting the lake. Portable toilets were also installed and parking space was created for vehicles.

However, things took an ugly turn on one Sunday, and visitors were asked to leave on residents complaints. They feared that visitors from New York, which is only 80 km away, might infect the borough with Coronavirus. On normal days, the lake is a perfect oasis for solitude seekers and weekenders from New York. Now, when almost all entertainment spots are shut down in New York City because of the pandemic, Lake Solitude has been the best bet for many day trippers from the city.

The lake was reopened last weekend for the locals but the whole place was soon seen brimming with kids and parents having fun under the waterfall. Old people were also enjoying the sun and river while the youngsters were seen taking pictures and making videos. Nobody was following any social distancing or any other health protocols required in the present time.

More than 200 New Jersey residents attended a virtual town hall meeting and demanded Mayor Michele Lee to shut the lake down. They complained about the visitors leaving behind trash and defecating in the woods along with parking illegally.The area got popular when a TikTok video showcasing the lake and its cascading waterfall went viral and people started labeling it as a ‘hidden gem’ in New Jersey.

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