The prime minister announced in the briefing today that the UK would clap one last time at 5pm on Sunday
Boris Johnson announced today that the country will be clapping for keyworkers one last time at 5pm on Sunday.
It comes after the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) published an open letter stating that they would participate in the final blow.
The letter was signed by 50 executives, including Peter Jones of Dragons’ Den, and said he will participate in a final hit this Sunday, July 5.
After revealing the UK’s latest corona virus numbers and lockdown updates, Boris Johnson said, “Let me finish looking forward to this weekend.”
“Tomorrow there will be a moment of commemoration for those whose lives have been tragically lost for their time.
“On Sunday at 5:00 pm, the 72nd anniversary of the NHS, we can all come together to clap for those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help the nation through this pandemic.
Pictured: Neighbors to Annemarie Plas, a Dutchman living in South London who created the weekly 8:00 pm Clap For Our Carers in South London and joined the applause to salute local heroes on the final blow on May 28
Pictured: NHS employees responding to the last hit day during the Clap for our Carers campaign
He then encouraged the British to support entrepreneurs and their employees who are preparing to reopen this weekend.
Weekly hits were a major part of the early months of closure, with neighbors’ streets walking up to their front doors to thank for the efforts of health workers during the Covid-19 crisis.
The letter, published in The Telegraph, read: ‘As companies, we are part of that moment because we owe too many people. Our colleagues, our suppliers, our customers and our communities. These have been difficult times for all of us and thanks to them we survived alone.
For more than two months, the British applauded for the hard work and sacrifice of health workers during the worst weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic
“But thanking is just the beginning. We know that this crisis will have long-lasting and widespread consequences, with the potential impact on livelihoods as profound as the crisis itself. ‘
It later added, “Companies play a key role and as business leaders, we are committed to doing everything we can to be part of closer communities to build greater prosperity for everyone.”
The original Clap for Carers ended last month after 10 weeks of applause for frontline workers.
Boris Johnson took part in the weekly hit outside number 10 in solidarity with his fellow British
That said organizer Annemarie Plas The Telegraph at the time: ‘For me personally, it is the last blow I give on behalf of Clap For Our Carers.
“We want to keep the positive impact it has had. We are very proud of our NHS employees and now want to make it something that will continue after the corona virus. ‘
Following the success of the weekly Clap for Carers, people will be encouraged to reflect on the heroes of the corona virus pandemic together with family and friends on July 5 at 5:00 PM – the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.
Staff at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool were moved to tears by the last blow to caregivers
Broadcasters will also suspend broadcasts as a sign of respect.
On July 4, the night before, people are asked to put a light in their windows in memory of those lost by Covid-19.
Public buildings are also illuminated in blue for the NHS, including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and Wembley Arch.
Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI said: ‘Covid-19 has undoubtedly hit one in society much harder than the other.
“As companies, we recognize that we have a responsibility for all the communities in which we operate.
“That is why we want to not only participate in this moment of thanks, but also be part of a crucial process in the future.”
NHS director Sir Simon Stevens hopes the public will use the anniversary as an opportunity to say “thank you” to hospital staff.
Sir Simon said, “This year was the most challenging in the history of the NHS, with staff showing extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion to care for the 100,000 patients with Covid-19 who needed specialist hospital treatment and much more.
“During this test period, our nurses, doctors, physio, pharmacists and countless colleagues were supported by the support of the public, not least by the weekly applause for the main employees.
“No health service, not even the NHS, could have solved this coronavirus pandemic alone.
“From bus drivers and teachers to nursing staff and food retailers, and of course the public who took action to stay at home to stop the spread of infections, everyone played their part.”