Vancouver is getting loud in support of essential service workers and front-line health-care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every night at 7 p.m., the streets of the city’s West End neighbourhood echo with applause and cheers from thousands of residents on their apartment balconies.
And their spirit is clearly contagious.
I took a video of this from my balcony in the west end, but it did not capture the sound nearly as well as this one. The 7 pm cheer has been going on for several nights and the cheer has gotten louder every night. https://t.co/3EgoPbWXD8— Joan Braun (@JoanFBraun) March 24, 2020
It started when a Vancouver west end community group proposed residents who are stuck at home practising social distancing or self-isolation show their support from afar.
They proposed 7 p.m. to coincide with the shift change at nearby St. Paul’s hospital.
I live in Vancouver's West End. Tens of thousands of ppl living in high-rises in a 10 x 10 block radius. At 7 o'clock I heard yelling and cheering and banging of pots. Friend said every day at 7 pm this is for doctors and nurses. Hope other cities are doing this, it's great 🤧— Rick Walker (@rickwalker807) March 23, 2020
Solidarity is a beautiful thing. Every night at 7pm Vancouverites cheer hospital workers during their daily shift change by cheering and making noise to show love and appreciation. ❤️🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/ZnK7RQJWjL— James Moore (@JamesMoore_org) March 24, 2020
The initiative has spread to other neighbourhoods around the city.
Yaletown’s out on balconies enthusiastically clapping and cheering for the city’s health care professionals and essential service workers. Beautiful. 🙏 🥰 Don’t mind the poor plants. #Vancouver #COVIDー19 #COVIDCanada pic.twitter.com/6ydsU7I4N1— J u L i E K i M (@JulieKimComedy) March 23, 2020
The Vancouver cheers were inspired by similar initiatives in Europe’s quarantined cities in, where people are taking to their balconies to share in song, movies and to cheer support for their local health-care workers.
In Vancouver, health-care workers are hearing the support loud and clear.
Thank you Vancouver. This brought a tear. On behalf of the healthcare workers of this city. We are strong, we are unwavering we are here to protect you and care for you. We will not fall. #ThankYouHealthWorkers #COVID19— Darren Klass (@MRAkid) March 24, 2020
We love to see communities coming together!
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.