Making noise to show support for BC's health-care workers

Cheers for the front line

There's less traffic noise, no fireworks shows, no roaring crowds at sporting events in Vancouver these days, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. But, every night there's a new tradition that's making sound waves through the city.

Vancouver residents are stepping outside at 7 p.m. – on their own balconies, patios, roofs, or sidewalks – to erupt in cheers and applause to salute the city's health-care workers on the front lines.

Word has been spreading on social media that the applause is for doctors, nurses, and other first responders and hospital personnel in the unprecedented health care crisis.

The hastage #clapfordoctors on Twitter and Instagram shows that this is happening around the world at designated times.

In Vancouver, the nightly ritual has been happening in the West End, though there have been rallying calls on community Facebook groups for a similar action to happen in communities across the Lower Mainland.

To some, it's a cheer of "mutual support" for neighbours in isolation.

So, if you hear some cheers, shouts, and pots and pans being banged, step out and join in. It's a great way to say thank you, to say we're in this together, without leaving our homes.

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