If you’re looking for a way to show first responders and essential workers some love during the coronavirus outbreak, this video has a simple solution: clapping.
New Yorkers have banded together while socially distancing to give thanks to the people on the frontline fighting the virus by going to their windows at 7 p.m. each night and giving them a round of applause.
What started as a one-off event has now become a daily occurrence, and social media users are encouraging other cities to adopt the nightly ritual to show those who are risking their lives and their health that their sacrifice is appreciated.
Comedian Amy Schumer posted that she participated:
As did actress Téa Leoni:
How awesome are New Yorkers? Every night at 7pm, grateful NYers applaud and cheer the healthcare workers outside the @CityMD Urgent Care on 88th and Broadway. BEAUTIFUL. Let’s all join them from wherever we are. #COVID19 #Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/TicFsWMax8— Téa Leoni (@TeaLeoni) March 30, 2020
With the outbreak continuing to spread, the nightly standing ovation has become a great opportunity for neighbors to bond without violating the rules of social distancing, and to boost morale among essential workers.
People all across New York City are posting videos of their own salutes with the hashtag #ClapBecauseWeCare all across social media, providing a few moments of cheer during this difficult time.
The West Village in NYC came out tonight on their roofs to thank the Healthcare workers here in the city, the country and around the world. Thank you for all you do. #StayHome @NBCNewYork #clapbecausewecare pic.twitter.com/W73EJhO5GD— Chas Pressner (@cjpressner) March 27, 2020
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