Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff immediately on all City of Atlanta facilities until further notice, to honor victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bottoms called for the order due to the inability of families to plan traditional ceremonies for those whose lives have been lost because of social distancing requirements. The lowering of flags also serves as a reminder to continue to stay at home until COVID-19 cases decrease across Georgia, a spokesperson said.

“Many Atlantans have lost relatives, friends, and cherished community members due to the COVID-19 virus,” Bottoms said. “We honor the lives of Atlanta residents who fall victim to this virus, and we will continue to do so until the curve is flattened in Georgia.”

“There are so many individuals who are working on our behalf – medical professionals, first responders, and front-line employees – as they put their lives on the line each day to help fight this pandemic,” Bottoms added. “We pay tribute to you as well as you care for so many others. Working together, we can emerge from this crisis stronger and more resilient than ever before.”

On May 6, Atlanta City Hall was lit up with purple lights in recognition of National Nurses Day, to also pay homage to nurses across the city.

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