‘Clap for Carers’ is back for the UK’s third lockdown, but now it’s got a new name ‘Clap for Heroes’. Here’s what time you need to be on your doorstep today.
On Monday (January 4th), Boris Johnson addressed the nation to announce that the country was going into yet another national lockdown to try and stop the surges in cases caused by the new Covid variant.
Covid-19 levels have reached their all-time peak, with more than 60,000 cases being recorded per day, and the NHS is severely overwhelmed. So, much to everyone’s disappointment, a lockdown seemed like the only choice.
Lots of people across the country are getting deja-vu, as the lockdown closely resembles the one that started almost a year ago in March 2020. No, there won’t be any Tiger King or baking banana bread, but there will be the famous ‘Clap for Carers’.
‘Clap for Carers’ was started during the first lockdown to show support to all key workers and lift the spirits and moods of millions of people. The initiative is back this week under a new name of ‘Clap for Heroes’.
So what time do you need to clap? Let’s find out.
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Clap for Carers returns for the UK’s third lockdown
The original ‘Clap for Carers’ initiative ran for 10 weeks during the first national lockdown in the UK last spring.
The movement was created by Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national living in south London, to show support for workers on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was initially only supposed to be a one-off clap on March 26th, but the event quickly gained momentum and started being done every week by people across the country.
Annemarie Plas has decided to return the weekly clapping during the January lockdown, but what time is it?
What time is ‘Clap for Heroes‘ tonight?
‘Clap for Heroes’ returns on Thursday, January 8th at 8pm and will continue throughout the country’s third lockdown.
Annemarie took to her Twitter to announce that the weekly applause will be back during the third lockdown, saying that she hopes “it can lift the spirit” of everyone.
As reported by the BBC, she tweeted:
“We are bringing back the 8pm applause, in our 3rd lockdown I hope it can lift the spirit, of all of us. Carers teacher, homeschooling parents, those who shield and ALL who is pushing through this difficult time! Please join & share!”
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‘Clap for Heroes’ gets backlash on Twitter
Millions of people gathered on their doorsteps to show support to carers and NHS staff last spring, and it seemed to be a hugely popular way of thanking all frontline workers.
However, some people have taken to Twitter to argue that there are much better ways to help and support key staff during this challenging time.
One Twitter user, who works as a health professional tweeted: “The whole #clapforheroes thing was bad enough last time. We don’t want applause for doing our jobs. We want safe working conditions, safe staffing and adequate pay.”
Another user suggested: “I know this is well-intentioned but ultimately, this is patronising and meaningless nonsense. The best way to thank them would be for everyone to be sensible, treat Covid seriously and for the government to give them pay rises.”