Here’s what we are inviting all City of Ottawa residents to do:
On Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (while respecting physical distancing and your places of self-isolation) go out on your front lawns, porches, or open windows and make some supportive raucous to show your gratitude for our healthcare workers on the front lines of fighting COVID-19, as well as all the essential workers who are putting themselves at risk so we have access to food, transportation and other essential services. This can be done by cheering, clapping, ringing bells or using other fun noise makers.
Bring your self, your voice, your hands, an instrument and let’s unite in gratitude and MAKE SOME NOISE!!!
Thank you to Councillor Jeff Leiper for your support as seconder and to my council colleagues for supporting my motion on April 22nd at City Council to continue to recognize & celebrate our health care providers & all those workers providing essential services on Wednesdays until June 24th.
- Moved by / Motion de: Councillor T. Kavanagh
- Seconded by / Appuyée par: Councillor J. Leiper
WHEREAS on March 25, 2020 the City of Ottawa enacted a declaration of emergency to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect the public; and
WHEREAS our public health officials continue to encourage people to exercise social distancing and social isolation to flatten the curve of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS it is important to one’s mental health and well being to interact with family, friends and other supports to have a sense of connection; and
WHEREAS health care providers and other essential workers have continued to put themselves at risk to provide us access to medical resources, food, transportation and other essential services while most of our population are able to self isolate; and
WHEREAS it was encouraged that on Wednesday evenings between March 25th, 2020 to Wednesday April 8, 2020 from 6:30 to 6:45pm residents across the City take to the open air to give a raucous support in response to City Council’s invitation to unite, while still respecting social and physical distancing, to show their appreciation and gratitude to our essential workers; and
WHEREAS this initiative that has become known as “THE BIG COMMUNITY SHOUT OUT” has been so well received – residents have requested to keep expressing their gratitude in an organized fashion each Wednesday evening for our frontline and essential workers who continue to selflessly serve our City during this unprecedented time, beyond the April 8, 2020 date;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Mayor and City Council members continue to encourage and invite residents to recognize and participate in “THE BIG COMMUNITY SHOUT OUT” every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 6:45pm from now until June 24, 2020.