Vancouverites stage noisy show of appreciation for health-care workers
Residents of the West End and Yaletown are taking to their balconies at 7 p.m. to applaud, cheer and bang pots
The streets may be quieter than usual but residents isolating in Vancouver's Yaletown and West End apartments are getting loud nightly in a public display of appreciation for health-care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
For the past few nights, people have taken to their balconies and windows to applaud, cheer and bang pots and pans at 7 p.m., a time chosen to coincide with the shift change at nearby St. Paul's Hospital.
The idea is borrowed from Italy, where balcony salutes to health-care workers began almost two weeks ago.
The nightly ritual has also been picked up by those self isolating in India, Spain, Israel, California and elsewhere.
Residents in Vancouver's West End applauded health-care workers from their windows Friday evening to recognize their efforts battling <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a>. Some are now hoping to make it a daily tradition. <a href="https://t.co/Vr8GMiZDTb">pic.twitter.com/Vr8GMiZDTb</a>—@cbcnewsbc
On Facebook, St. Paul's worker Carmen Hanson wrote how emotional it was for her and all her co-workers to hear the cheering through the hospital windows.
"After a very challenging day at the hospital, it was very honouring to hear the claps, yells, and cheers for being recognized as a health-care worker. It felt as if all our hard work today was recognized," she said.
At 7pm, my Vancouver neighbourhood has decided to open their windows, take to their balconies and applaud healthcare workers as they change shifts at the local hospital.<br><br>It's incredibly moving and I'm very proud. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WestEnd?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WestEnd</a> <a href="https://t.co/HVMsbG4Vyj">pic.twitter.com/HVMsbG4Vyj</a>—@paullicino
"I'm not sure who to thank. But I hope this gets to at least one of the West End and Yaletown residents ... and whomever else participated in this wonderful salute!"