Our health care workers have been risking their lives and working non-stop through this pandemic. Now, it's only right they get the praise they deserve. On top of the cheers, Vancouver health care heroes are getting treated to a nightly light show in honour of their hard work, and they more than deserve it.
From now until the end of April, iconic Vancouver landmarks are lighting up in blue — the colour of the medical 'workers' scrubs — just to remind them how much they're loved by the city.
According to the city's social media, the lights are coming on every night at City Hall, Burrard Bridge, the Bloedel Conservatory, B.C. Place, and others.
If you're taking a (safely distanced) stroll through the city around that time, be sure to keep an ear out for the nightly cheering happening throughout the city.
B.C. place is lighting the skies every night at 7 p.m., keeping time with the nightly cheers when health care workers return home
If you're downtown, then you can walk by Canada Place at night and check out the Sails Of Light display, now shining in blue. Or, head up to Queen Elizabeth Park and see the domed conservatory glowing blue.
Vancouver's not alone in lighting up to show its appreciation. In Edmonton, the city announced they'd be lighting up in green and blue for a week, the colours of the Alberta Health Services.
City Hall, Burrard Bridge, @BloedelConserv & @bcplace are lit up in blue, to honour the tireless & invaluable… https://t.co/A6UxlKgGvz— City of Vancouver (@City of Vancouver)1585533608.0
A special message from the #VGHED team: “Thank you!” #7pmcheer 💕 https://t.co/qgmSsw1ZqP— Vancouver Coastal Health (@Vancouver Coastal Health)1585361610.0
All these lights, cheering, and loud encouragement aren't going unheard or unseen either; pictures of physicians and other health care workers holding signs thanking people for their help are circulating online.
"We hear your cheers every night at 7 p.m. and we thank you," read a sign by the Vancouver General Hospital emergency department.
"You keep us motivated and inspired. Thanks for staying home."
We’re lighting up with 💕💕💕 each night at 7pm to join our neighbours in thanking the #HealthCareHeroes during the… https://t.co/UZWBOtE5I3— BC Place (@BC Place)1585016512.0
Despite all the celebrations and honours, one of the best ways you can help support health care workers is by staying home, they say.
Tonight for the #7pmCheer, Bloedel Conservatory, the Burrard Bridge, City Hall & @bcplace will light up in blue, to… https://t.co/gLD1NK49XA— bloedelconserv (@bloedelconserv)1585357217.0
Health officials have repeated for the last weeks that social distancing is one of the best ways to fight COVID-19.
And, as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry often says, we're all in this together, and we'll need to keep supporting each other to get through this. Here's to more lights and cheering.