A poll conducted by Emergency Services News has revealed that 69% of people think that the weekly ‘clap for carers’ should be cancelled.
The ‘clap for carers’ trend first started in Italy during the initial phase of their lockdown period.
Each week, residents would clap from their balconies as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the incredible healthcare professionals who were battling night-and-day to save as many lives as possible.
The trend was also adopted in the UK during the early stages of its lockdown period.
Annemarie Plas, having seen several European countries routinely clap for their carers, introduced the idea and the first ‘official’ clap for carers event took place on Thursday 26th March.
However, a poll carried out on our Facebook page has revealed that 69% of people (from 3,200 respondents) feel that the weekly event should now be stopped.
But many respondents said that the event has become a way for vulnerable and elderly residents to come together while at the same time maintaining social distancing.
Others commented that the event has now become a ‘competition’ to see who can make the loudest noise with many people letting off fireworks to mark the occasion.
On 22nd May, Plas proposed that the weekly event should end after its tenth week, and that thought should be given to an annual National Clap For Our Carers Day in its place starting on Thursday 25th March 2021.
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