Boulder to light Flagstaff Star to “raise the hopes of our beloved community” amid coronavirus pandemic

Lights on the Flagstaff Mountain Star shine on March 23, 2020. The Boulder Chamber decided to light Boulder’s Flagstaff Star out of season to “raise the hopes” of residents coping with the impact of the new coronavirus. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
Lights on the Flagstaff Mountain Star shine on March 23, 2020. The Boulder Chamber decided to light Boulder’s Flagstaff Star out of season to “raise the hopes” of residents coping with the impact of the new coronavirus. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
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The Boulder Chamber has decided to light Boulder’s Flagstaff Star out of season to “raise the hopes” of residents coping with the impact of the new coronavirus.

The star on Flagstaff Mountain is typically only lit during the holiday season, but will be turned on tonight, according to a release.

“We are so pleased that our partners at the Boulder Chamber have stepped up to relight the star on Flagstaff,” said Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver in a statement. “At this moment when so many are looking for reassurance and hope, the light of the star will remind us of all of those who are working to serve and protect our community. This is a time when we all need to bond in support of our common needs, and the light of the star is an emblem of that commitment.”

The Boulder Chamber said the star would remain lit until residents can return to normal daily activities.

“The Boulder Chamber is proud of its role as the steward of this historic community treasure and thankful for support from the City of Boulder in making this special lighting possible as we stand strong and unified against the public health and economic threats of COVID-19,” said John Tayer, Boulder Chamber President and CEO, in a statement.

While the star will be lit, the open space surrounding the star will be closed to discourage group gatherings.