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Still Clapping?

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Calendargirl Thu 21-May-20 12:53:08

Do you still go out on Thursday nights to clap for everyone? I was chatting to someone I know while we were queueing at Tesco (2 metres apart) this morning, and we agreed that there are far fewer people doing so in our little town.

Is it because the restrictions have eased, and we are able to venture out so much more, and not feel so isolated maybe? Or are we just bored with doing it now, and not see the relevance as the virus is hopefully diminishing?

DH and I go out at 8, but just wonder how many others do.

MadCatWoman1 Thu 21-May-20 12:56:14

We still go out and clap from our house, but only about another 6 households bother now.

FlexibleFriend Thu 21-May-20 12:57:37

I never have.

Jane10 Thu 21-May-20 13:11:39

It's lost its value now. The first time felt OK but by doing it every week its completely devalued it.
A final time might be worth doing.

MissAdventure Thu 21-May-20 13:13:48

My neighbours do.
I come in and shut the door.

Iam64 Thu 21-May-20 13:15:51

All our neighbours are out clapping, blowing whistles an banging pans

Iam64 Thu 21-May-20 13:16:01

so are we

Knittynatter Thu 21-May-20 13:21:12

My neighbours who have never paid heed to social distancing go out to the front and applaud. I applaud and pay respects by myself in my back garden.

Smileless2012 Thu 21-May-20 13:24:26

We still go out and clap

Kandinsky Thu 21-May-20 13:26:46

I’ve never done it.
I’ll go out & clap on the last night which will probably be soon? it can’t go on indefinitely.

trisher Thu 21-May-20 13:34:29

I did do it but having reached the stage where I forgot it was Thursday I was happily relaxing in a bubble bath last week so I didn't. Some do, down my street, some don't.

maddyone Thu 21-May-20 13:45:56

I would suggest that if you who wish to show appreciation for the NHS that you email your MP about the proposed pay freeze for public sector workers, and say that you want NHS staff to have a pay rise, not a pay freeze. Unfortunately many private sector workers will lose their jobs and other public sector workers may have their pay frozen, but the NHS staff from consultants to cleaners have carried us through this crisis and will do so again if there is another spike. Many have died as a direct result of doing their job. Clapping is losing it’s impact and many NHS workers dislike it anyway. They feel it’s hypocritical.
Take action by emailing your MP, NHS staff do not deserve a pay freeze, they deserve a pay rise.

BlueBelle Thu 21-May-20 13:49:46

I have been doing Every week not only for the key workers but as a bit of community spirit but I must admit it lost its appeals and it seems to be tailing off around here still plenty come out but people used to stay out for five minutes or more last week it was two minutes Not sure whether I will tonight or not

trisher Thu 21-May-20 13:51:52

maddyone great post thanks!

maddyone Thu 21-May-20 13:56:32

trisher smile

Lucca Thu 21-May-20 13:58:20

A pay freeze ?? In the words of john McEnroe “you cannot be serious “
How in the name of goodness can that be justified ?

maddyone Thu 21-May-20 14:10:10

I wish I knew that Lucca but unfortunately I can’t answer your question. My daughter, a doctor, married to another doctor, has asked me to write to our MP about this. They have made enough changes to how they organise their lives, twelve hour shifts, working in care homes, working in the city Covid19 hub, not having sufficient PPE, complete upheaval of their children’s lives, three children six and under, and so on. We can no longer do childcare for them, so we do their washing and ironing, it’s just a little help in their ridiculously busy lives. They’ve put up with enough and so have other NHS workers and now the threat of a pay freeze. I’m very cross (that’s putting it politely.)

GrannyGravy13 Thu 21-May-20 14:44:55

Neighbours are NHS key workers so I feel obliged to clap as they and their family do.

It's also a time to catch up with other neighbours.

Alexa Thu 21-May-20 14:52:34

No, because front line workers need more than special approval they need better conditions and more money.

It is not a sweet thing to die for other people.

quizqueen Thu 21-May-20 15:02:10

I think once at the beginning was enough and then maybe once again to mark the end of lockdown. I do go out to clap but mainly just to chat with a neighbour.

Jane10 Thu 21-May-20 15:12:01

There was a hilarious spoof video of a 'lady' at the Thursday night clapping. It was actually a young man but he did it so well. I'd attach it if I could.

Charleygirl5 Thu 21-May-20 15:16:12

No, I never have, I do not believe in it. Once maybe but this length of time is ridiculous.

AGAA4 Thu 21-May-20 15:26:00

Maddy. I too think it is time that we did something of benefit to NHS staff and other carers than just clapping.

Some of my family work in the NHS and I believe they would prefer a pay rise than the endless clapping.

It loses it's value when it happens every week and some are clapping when they have been ignoring the lockdown putting the people they applaud at yet more risk

Guineagirl Thu 21-May-20 15:36:39

Flexible Friend, I like your honesty, me neither it’s not my thing. Others have here and a lovely dog goes out and enjoys himself barking with the owner.

maddyone Thu 21-May-20 16:06:52

You are absolutely correct. The people who clap and then ignore the guidelines annoy me, and I know my daughter and her husband don’t like the clapping at all. I understand that many people want to express their support and feel this is the way to do it. I would ask them to take a few minutes to email their MP instead, or as well as clapping, and to express their disgust at a possible pay freeze for NHS staff, who have worked so hard throughout all of this. Where would we be without their hard work and dedication? They are at the front line and are putting their lives on the line for everyone. Clapping isn’t enough. They don’t deserve a pay freeze.