State Orders Flags Returned To Full Staff After 1 Year Lowered For COVID Victims

State Orders Flags Returned To Full Staff After 1 Year Lowered For COVID Victims

Flags throughout Illinois have been lowered to half staff for the past year to honor those who lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s not an indication that the pandemic is over or the danger of catching the COVID-19 virus has been removed, and it’s not saying we should no longer mourn the loss of lives during the past 13 months — at 21,694 statewide as of Tuesday, April 20,

But effective immediately, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has indicated all flags should be raised back to full staff after being lowered for victims from the COVID-19 pandemic.

State officials made that announcement in a Tuesday news release.

The announcement comes a little more than one year after Pritzker ordered flags lowered to half-staff in honor of those who died due to COVID-19.

The Office of the ​US and Illinois FlagsGovernor has the authority to order all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act to fly the flag of the United States of America and the Illinois flag at half-staff for every Illinois member of the armed forces, police force, fire service and other groups covered by the act killed in the line of duty.

On days the order is in place, flags fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of the funeral and the two days immediately preceding that day.

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