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4/3/2020 - Executive Order No. 114
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the
globe, with some reports indicating that there are now over one
million cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 245,000 cases in the
United States; and
WHEREAS, New Jersey has been particularly hard-hit by
COVID-19, with 29,895 residents testing positive for COVID-19 and
646 of our fellow New Jerseyans losing their lives; and
WHEREAS, these individuals were family, friends, colleagues,
and neighbors, and include healthcare workers, first responders,
and others who gave their lives working bravely and tirelessly on
the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, each and every life lost to COVID-19 is a profound
tragedy for us all; and
WHEREAS, we sadly know that even despite our aggressive
efforts, the number of lives lost will continue to rise
dramatically in the coming weeks and months, both here in New
Jersey, throughout the United States, and around the world; and
WHEREAS, the prohibition of social gatherings, which is
necessary to prevent further spread of the virus and loss of life,
prevents funerals from going forward in the manner that they would
under normal circumstances; and
WHEREAS, as a result, we cannot properly mourn the loss of
individuals who pass away during this time, whether from COVID-19
or other causes, and say the goodbye that each and every one of
them deserves; and
WHEREAS, while nothing can fully make up for this cruel
reality, lowering the flags to half-staff can symbolize our State’s
collective grief and cause us all to remember the awful human toll
that this pandemic has inflicted upon this State, our nation, and
the world; and
WHEREAS, it is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of
all those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and those who may
lose their lives in the future, and extend our deepest sympathy to
their families, friends, colleagues, and communities; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate for us all to keep in our thoughts
and prayers all of those who have been affected by the COVID-19
pandemic and are suffering;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PHILIP D. MURPHY, Governor of the State of
New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the
Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER
1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of
New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments,
offices, agencies, and instrumentalities indefinitely, starting on
Friday, April 3, 2020, in recognition and mourning of all those
who have lost their lives and have been affected by COVID-19.
2. This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
3rd day of April,
Two Thousand and Twenty, and
of the Independence of the
United States, the Two
Hundred and Forty-Fourth.
[seal] /s/ Philip D. Murphy