Residents of Ottawa are officially invited by the mayor and city council to honour local healthcare workers with a loud cheer each Wednesday evening.
A motion at Wednesday's city council meeting, brought forward by Bay Ward Councillor Theresa Kavanagh, said the cheer would honour all healthcare and essential service workers who are putting themselves at risk on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.
Residents are encouraged to step outdoors, from their places of social distancing and self-isolation, at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday and give a 15 minute long 'raucous cheer' using their hands, voices and/or instruments.
The motion comes after the city and province both recently declared a state of emergency.
As of its passing at city council, the motion said the cheer would start Wednesday, March 25 and run until the evening of April 8.